Peter Mendelsund, Your New Favourite Designer

Peter Mendelsund / photograph by George Baier IV

photograph by George Baier IV

On the blog of designer and art director Henry Sene Yee there is a fake poll question: “Who is your favourite book cover designer?” Three of poll’s four possible answers are “Chip Kidd.” The fourth is “none of the above.” The joke is, of course, that Kidd is the only book cover designer most people can name (if they can name one at all).

After this week, however,…

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Book Covers of Note August 2014

Australian Book Design Awards 2014 Shortlist

Australian Book Design Awards 2014 Shortlist

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Peter Long, Senior Designer at Black Inc. Books, has kindly let me know that the shortlist for the Australian Book Design Awards has been announced.

The Book Design Awards are Australia’s longest running  graphic design awards, but in 2013 the Australian Publishing Association decided to discontinue them. To keep the awards running for a 62nd consecutive year, a group of Australian designers…

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If you follow me at all on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m working on a post about meta-covers, or book covers with books on them. It’s proving to be a much more difficult task than I first imagined, and it’s taking a very long time to pull it all together. It is, finally, almost done, and I hope it will be on the blog in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, however, I came across these remarkable book posters by German designer Gunter Rambow for S. Fischer Verlag from the 1970s while compiling images for the post, and I thought I would share them now while you wait.

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There is also a book, Gunter Rambow: Plakate / Posters, that collects Rambow’s posters from 1962 to 2007 when the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt mounted a major exhibition to his work.

Book Posters by Gunter Rambow If you follow me at all on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m working on a post about meta-covers, or book covers with books on them.
Authors’ Cocktails

I didn’t see this weekend’s Guardian, but I assume Tom’s cartoon is in reference to Olivia Laing’s…

Authors’ Cocktails

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