Archive for February, 2009

Atlantic Crime Classics

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Are we tired of classics repackaged in carefully defined series by designers with clear thematic vision? No not quite yet. This new line of “Crime Classics” from Atlantic Books looks as if it was designed in anticipation of the retro book-cover remix fad that’s all the craze with the hep cats.

These books — mixed in with some other seasonal selections from Atlantic — can be found here. Rob of The Fiction Desk also has some comments on the “curation” of these books. (btw, anyone know which designer is responsible for these?)

Silhouette Masterpiece Theater

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

A side project by designer Wilhelm Staehle.

(I initially thought these actually were pulished covers, especially with die-cuts and meta-book-images being so in vogue these days.)

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

New York was great. Had a bunch of meetings, got a ton of work done. Met everyone at Knopf which was an honor but didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t want to be that guy.

The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living. - Harry Bertoia

I saw this outside Design Within Reach in SoHo and threw up a little in my mouth.

The Book Cover Archive will return after these messages

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

The Archive is gonna be a bit silent while Eric and I hit New York through the weekend.
I’ve got some good stuff lined up for next week so stay tuned.

Penguin-inspired Gig poster for Spoon

Monday, February 16th, 2009 Luke Drozd.
(“Drozd”? Really? What a rad name.)

Monday, February 16th, 2009

The AAUP book, jacket, & journal show winners have been announced.
But they don’t post any images, so it’s sort of hard to care, honestly.

Edit: FaceOut Books has a handful of the winning designs posted. Thanks Jason!

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Cool shirt. Available here.

Megan Wilson and her Ancient Industries

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

A handful of Megan Wilson‘s work has just been added to the Archive. Her covers have a timelessness rarely seen in today’s market.

Unsurprisingly, she also runs an incredibly cool pseudo-antiques shop, Ancient Industries, which specializes in “traditional household goods and clothing.”

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

And… we’re back.
With some slight stylistic changes to boot.


Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

This is what I get for updating wordpress.
I’ll have the blog fixed in a bit, hopefully.

Pinch: A design office.

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Pinch, a design studio working out of Portland, OR, does everything from corporate websites to festival brochures, treating it all with a combination of unmistakeably northwestern sensibilities and exquisite grids.

I’ve just finished adding a handful of their covers for Hawthorne Books to the Archive. They are remarkably consistent in their branding, without being overly systemized. You can, and should, read up on the full case study at their site.

View their Archive page here.

Czech book covers of the 20s and 30s

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009



The full collection
Found via Eric Baker’s Today

New Kindle doubles as time machine… Launches 15 years ago.

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Seriously though, what’s with the photography?
(In other news, the Kindle II is go)

I’d also like to note that I’m currently reading Dan Simmon’s latest book, Drood, which comes in at just under 3lbs and over 800 pages. So if anyone felt like donating a Kindle to the cause, I wouldn’t hold it against you.

you got kindle in my peanut butter

Friday, February 6th, 2009

This is unexpected: It appears that Kindle is going to be a platform after all.

Amazon said that it was working on making the titles for its popular e-book reader, the Kindle, available on a variety of mobile phones. The company, which is expected to unveil a new version of the Kindle next week, did not say when Kindle titles would be available on mobile phones.

“We are excited to make Kindle books available on a range of mobile phones,” said Drew Herdener, a spokesman for Amazon. “We are working on that now.”

This is great news for e-books. The potential of the Kindle lies not in their device (which imho is still missing the mark), but Amazon’s ability to rally publishers behind a unified standard for distribution, and their leverage to force reasonable prices.

(sorry, I’ll try to make this the last e-book post for a while)

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009