Penguin Design

Penguin by Design

i just got sucked deep into the Penguin by Design tumblr (which is run by Penguin). there are some fascinating interviews with artists who have created their book covers – mostly done by hand. which, in a digital age, is so great to see! i love the Bill Bryson covers by illustrator Neil Gower (i actually…

Vintage book covers

Covers, etc: Vol 2

way back in the day i did a post called Covers, etc all about an awesome collection of vintage book covers curated by a gentleman named Richard. there are now almost 1500 book covers in his collection, so it’s well worth a second look. i was just thinking this past weekend how…

Richard Baker

Richard Baker

these paintings by American artist Richard Baker remind me of scenes from South African holiday homes all over the country – well used paperback novels and vintage versions of Monopoly (that you still play with your family, every summer). the old copy of Pit made me laugh, a game that Anton introduced…

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Book/Shop

Book/Shop is an Oakland based online & brick-and-mortar shop that specialises in products and paraphernalia related to reading – of actual real life books, not the online kind. of course they have actual books for sale, but also deal in other interesting things like book related art & vintage posters…

Covers, etc

Covers etc is one of my favourite flickr streams to browse as it combines my love for vintage, design and, occasionally, salaciousness all into one. there are some seriously saucy book covers over there (admittedly my favourites, most of which i won’t post here due to the boobs factor) -…

Goodies No.2

Nice Things No.2 – books & magazines edition Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan illustrated by Maira Kalman The Gentlewoman issue no.4 The Cheesemonger’s Kitchen Cutting Edges Freunde von Freunden Berlin Book Sarah Illenberger It Chooses You by Miranda July Ellen Rogers Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel Gypset…

graphic design for fashion

i haven’t bought a design book in a long, long time. the reason being that i find all the awesome i need on the internet… for free. BUT that is a bad attitude to have, and i have decided to keep my collection going and growing. hence the purchase of this book called Graphic Design for Fashion by Jay Hess and Simone Pasztorek

This visually led book contains a global selection of the best graphic design studios’ work within the fashion industry – from packaging and lookbooks to swing tags and invitations – with exclusive insights from both clients and designers. The book features not simply the visual identities of big budgets and luxury brands, but showcases the creative processes of the world’s leading design studios.

all images via September Industry (an awesome design blog, by the way – follow it)

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…

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russian criminal tattoos

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

roald dahl, hallowed be thy name

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…