Posts Tagged With book design

Irma Boom: Biography

Irma Boom is a Dutch graphic designer and illustrator, who specialty is bookmaking.  She was born in Lochem, Gelderland, the Netherlands on December 15, 1960.  Having been known as ‘The Queen of books’, she has created over 300 books and has a reputation for defying the norms for traditional book design.  At the AKI Academy…

Emil Ruder- Project 2

Cover of Swiss typographic magazine “Typographische Monatsblätter” Emil Ruder fervently believed that typography should prioritize communication through the written word above any other principle of design. Although graphic design is largely based on aesthetic elements, the motivation behind the aesthetic choices comes down to one purpose: to share and spread ideas. For this book cover…

Emil Ruder- Project 1

Typographie: A Manual of Design This seminal work of Ruder’s was a book published first in 1967 that encompassed his career in design over the course of 25 years. The publication was translated into many different languages including German, English, and French, and largely contributed to the spread of the Swiss Style of design across…

Project Example 1: SHV Think Book 1996-1896 by Irma Boom

Among Irma Boom’s collection of work, she created SHV Think Book 1996-1896 early in her career and published it in 1996. Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, SHV’s CEO, gave Boom the opportunity to create a book that commemorated the centennial of the private and multinational Dutch trading company SHV.  It is a 2,163-page book with only…

Project Example 2 – Modern Woman by Qian Juntao

The 1930’s marks a major shift in artistic style and design within China as well as the introduction of the “Shanghai style” or “Chinese deco.” Qian Juntao was known to be the most skilled and inventive designer at the time as he was able to create works such as his piece Modern Woman that reflected design…

Jeffery Keedy and Postmodernism in Graphic Design

Jeffery Keedy aside from being a well known type designer and graphic designer is also an influential essayist for the Emigre Magazine. Keedy worked with Emigre magazine for quite a few years contributing essay ideas. Keedy wrote about all kinds of design related topics, but one in particular is his take on Postmodernism and how…

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…