Posts Tagged With book design

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.…

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…

‘Small’ art can be ‘large’

This book tells a simple story that a girl who wants to go to Pairs received a letter from her mother, and the message says that she can go to Pairs with her grandma. Finally, she goes to Pairs and has a wonderful trip with her grandma. I am impressed with the design style in…

Michael Rock: It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is, is a collective of images and work from the 2×4 studio. The images were compiled by of 2×4’s founding partners, Michael Rock. This book is very important in that it directly reflects the ideology and methodology that Rock showcases in his work and what the 2×4 studio aligns with as…

William H. Bradley

Penfield, Edward, and Pollard, Percival. Posters in miniature. New York: R.H. Russell (1896), pg 240.   The American designer William H. Bradley is one of the most influential designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Regarded as the “American Aubrey Beardsley,” Bradley left behind a legacy of incorporating many  styles into design due…

Fringalla by William Bradley

Will Bradley: His Graphic Art: a Collection of His Posters, Illustrations, Typographic Designs & Decorations. Dover Publications, 1974. p.17.   William H. Bradley was one of the first American designers to employ the principles and style of Art Nouveau in his work (Flinchum). Though many of his earliest works included poster and magazine cover design,…