“In Books We Trust” is the motto of a new publishing house. Last week founding partner Debbie Bibo announced the “birth” of Lazy Dog Press, an independent publishing house focused on producing exquisitely designed books of exceptional and engaging works in the fields of graphic design, typography, illustration, and photography.
The first title, Luca Barcellona: Take Your Pleasure Seriously, will be published in November. And a 25 percent discount off the cover price will be applied to all pre-orders made before September 30. A limited signed and numbered boxed edition with an original work by the artist will also be available.
Luca Barcellona, an Italian graphic designer and calligrapher, uses letters as the building blocks. “From Carolingian to tags, from the quill to the spray can, Barcellona takes the age-old craft of lettering to new heights with the inventiveness and talent of a contemporary virtuoso. His striking, expressive, and original letterforms and compositions open onto uncharted territory, laying the foundations of a new writing style,” states the Lazy Dog catalog, which continues:
Take Your Pleasure Seriously (a quote by the designers Charles and Ray Eames) serves as a leitmotif for Barcellona who turned his passion into a way of life, first as a graffiti artist and then as a professional calligrapher. His production spans a broad spectrum from the reproduction of a world globe from 1569 to brand identities, book covers, ad campaigns, and performances. This beautifully designed artist book features hundreds of drawings made over the last decade including commissioned work (Carhartt, Dolce & Gabbana, Nike, Red Bull, Universal, etc.), personal projects, performances, and many never-seen-before work.