Oliver Munday

Elizabeth Peyton

i found book cover design to be one of the most challenging tasks when i was studying. we’d see all these brilliant, often very simple, cover designs and think – of course! but getting there is such hard work (as with anything in design, of course). i am so impressed by the work of NY based designer Oliver Munday, whose book covers are so good i would buy them regardless of what the book was about. he has a tumblr too.

more books by their covers

i sometimes have the urge to buy books just to frame them and put them on my walls forever. who has time for reading, anyway! kidding, i am an avid reader. when not internetting.

consider this an inadvertent gift guide – click on the books to christmas shop yourself into a stupour…

want

current wants indelicately smashed into one post

i want to go to there

… and to there

i want everything rachel comey has ever made

… as well as mostly everything from asos

i want this calendar

… and this book

i want to bring back a bike from velo vintage in paris

i want joelle to keep posting old family photos…

i want this bag from lalouka (coming soon)

i want to be friends with this girl because she looks rad. okay maybe i just want to be her.

i want to find a perfect leica at a junk yard sale for $5

i want to swim with these dogs (strangely enough)

i want to high five this guy

i want to be a kid again

and i want to marry jon hamm. the end.

jim tierney

jim tierney designed an absolutely incredible series of book covers for four jules verne novels as part of his senior thesis (he is currently an illustration student at the university of arts in philadelphia). i would snap these up in a second if i spotted them in a book shop.

persephone classics

persephone books reprints neglected classics 20th century women writers. the titles are chosen to appeal to busy women who rarely have time to spend in ever-larger bookshops and who would like to have access to a list of books designed to be neither too literary nor too commercial.

i would buy these books by the covers alone, which i love love love (the classics range).

retro oh oh

bardot

i have to apologise for my lack of postage, i have been without internet for a few days (what a feeling). i have collected tons of pretty awesome vintage pics lately though. enjoy!

russian criminal tattoos

russian-tats

Russian criminal tattoos have a complex system of symbols which can give quite detailed information about the wearer. Not only do the symbols carry meaning but the area of the body on which they are placed may be meaningful too.

volumes I, II & III

roald dahl, hallowed be thy name

roald-dahl

roald-dahl

my childhood was basically made up of enid blyton and roald dahl. the BFG, matilda, twits, witches… then i found two collections of his adult short stories (switch bitch and kiss kiss – exactly like in the pic above) in the bookcase at home and read them over and over again, until the pages started falling out. i thought the psychedelic sex scene at the end of ‘bitch’ was especially amusing. if you find them, buy them! ps: how great are penguin & pelican book covers? my illustration lecturer used to cream his pants over them.