Posts Tagged With book design

Wild Design: Anatomy Textbook

My last wild design post is going to be on my Anatomy and Physiology For Speech, Language, and Hearing textbook. This class is an anatomy class but instead of learning about how the whole body is set up and how it functions, we only learn about how speech is produced and how people are able…

Chip Kidd – Jurassic Park

It is impossible to talk about Chip Kidd without mentioning his iconic book cover for Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton in the 1990s. The book cover is rather simple, featuring a black two-dimensional dinosaur on a cream-colored background. The figure takes up the right of the cover, off-centered. The typeface is a bold, san-serif. The…

Chip Kidd – Killing Comendatore

Published in October of 2018 by Knopf, Killing Comendatore by Haruki Marukami is a book described as a “rambling voyage of self-discovery” by Xan Brooks for the Guardian. (Brooks, 2018). The design of the book jacket was designed by Chip Kidd. It is noted on Chip Kidd’s portfolio website that he was the Lead Designer…

History of Ships and Seafaring by Erik Nitsche

The image above pictures an illustration from one of Erik Nitsche’s many history books. This one is specifically Volume 2 in The New Illustrated Science and Invention, written by Courtlandt Canby, depicting the history of ships and seafaring. During Erik Nitsche’s later career, he started his own book publishing company and made it a goal…

SHV Think Book 1996-1896 – Irma Boom

This book is one of Irma Boom’s first projects that was commissioned. The book was made in 1996 and has the dimensions of 8 7/8 x 6 11/6 x 4 5/16 inches, two versions of black and white. Paul Fentener van Vlissingen was the commissioner. He is the CEO of SHV, a Dutch Conglomerate. He…

Hello World: Where Design Meets Life – Irma Boom

This book was created by Alice Rawsthorn and Irma Boom. Rawsthorn is the writer of the book while Boom was the designer of the book. The book was published through Hamish Hamilton and Penguin. It was published in 2013 in the English language. It is roughly 256 pages. It has a hardcover with dimensions of…

Ancient Spanish Ballads: Historical and Romantic

When examining the 1842 publication of Ancient Spanish Ballads: Historical and Romantic by John Gibson Lockhart, my first visual impressions were an appreciation for the ornate details. As could be seen immediately by the cover page, much thought, effort, and material had gone into printing such incredible work. The sheer amount of color, as well…

Het boek van PTT

Out of all of the books available at the Special Collections library, the book Het boek van PTT stood out to me the most. Designed by Piet Zwart and released in 1938, its yellowed front cover with an intriguing graphic design (a mix of crude illustration with photography and minimalist color) caught my attention immediately.…

Damn Everything but the Circus

There were so many interesting books in the Special Collection at the library but the one that caught my eye was Damn everything but the Circus: a lot of things put together by Sister Corita Kent. Before going to the Special Collections at the library, I viewed this book online and it stood out to…

Fairie Queene

  Finely ornate and textured accordingly, the Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser is a lens into the design mentality of the late 1500s. While I only held a copy of the original text, there was still much that could be gleamed from the copy of the epic that I read. The first thing that is…

Contemporary Furniture and Textiles

  My first visual impression when viewing the cover of Contemporary Furniture and Textiles was that my attention was immediately drawn to the bolded, red “K” in the middle. The background is filled with contrasting colors of grey and black with the word “Knoll” repeatedly stated. The repetition of these words is highlighted even more…

Ancient Spanish Ballads: Historical and Romantic

When I first entered the Special Collections Library, I was very surprised to see such delicate pieces scattered all over the room with so many students hovering over what just looked like books. I felt almost afraid to even touch the books, as everything in the atmosphere gave me the impression that things were ever…