Re-Design of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”: Worst Book-Cover Published?

By: Julia Wild on Aug 12th 2014
Re-Design of Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory": Worst Book-Cover Published?

Do not judge a book by it’s cover – but readers certainly do. It is the first thing that people see and they certainly expect the cover to relate to the book which in the case of this new version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” it really doesn’t seem to. The publishers say on their facebook page: “This design is in recognition of the book’s extraordinary cultural impact and is one of the few children’s books to be... CONTINUE READING

Mendelsund Uncovered

By: Evan Johnston on Aug 7th 2014
Mendelsund Uncovered

He is originally a classically trained pianist He did not formally study design. He is the designer of the now iconic Girl With the Dragon Tattoo book covers. Forget this bulleted list. Take a look at his collaboration with Mark Z. Danielewski and try to imagine how long it takes to create something this elaborately weird. That red thread on the sewing of the book’s pages is rare, usually book thread is nearly invisible; the punctures on the book... CONTINUE READING

Matt Yerington: Bringing Stinky Robots to Life

By: Julia Wild on Jul 30th 2014
Matt Yerington: Bringing Stinky Robots to Life

Enter Matt Yerington and his 11-year-old son Elijah, who together have developed “Stinky Robots,” a children’s book of sorts. GraphicDesign caught up with Yerington and his deceptively young son to talk about the publication. Then, to give you an even more well-rounded design experience, we sat down with one of the project’s designers, Nikola, to talk about the development of the next generation of Stinky Robots called FutuRobots. GraphicDesign:Thank you for joining us. Give us a quick recap of... CONTINUE READING

How to “Make Your Own Luck” with Kate Moross

By: Julia Wild on May 12th 2014
How to "Make Your Own Luck" with Kate Moross

GraphicDesign caught up with Moross to talk about her book, her background, her showcase, and her work with Fortune 500 companies. GraphicDesign: Why did you decide to write “Make Your Own Luck”? Kate Moross: I’ve been working on the actual copy for about six years, so some of the text in the book I wrote years ago and some is more recent. When I was talking to the publisher when I started writing, we discussed turning it into more... CONTINUE READING

Penguin Celebrates 65th Anniversary Re-working the Classics

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on Sep 28th 2012
Penguin Celebrates 65th Anniversary Re-working the Classics

Penguin have stylishly re-worked their classic books in 2012 to celebrate sixty five years in the business. The leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world, Penguin have used innovative designs to enhance the aesthetic of well-loved books such as Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. In addition, readers can now access Penguin Enriched eBook Classics, reaching the series in all formats. Celebrating traditional yet contemporary, Penguin have focused on a selection of Enhanced and Amplified... CONTINUE READING

Notes from Book Expo America 2012: Evolving Role of Designers in Publishing

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 12th 2012
Notes from Book Expo America 2012: Evolving Role of Designers in Publishing

Last week Book Expo America 2012 took place at Javits Center in New York City. According to a press release, this year the show boasted over 1,300 exhibitors, including 200 new companies, an 18% growth in new exhibitors from 2011. It may surprise some to learn that despite advertising’s higher profile, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for May 2011 show publishing ahead as an industry employer of graphic design, employing designers for content such as books, magazines and... CONTINUE READING

Christopher Niemann Abstract City

By: Jo Gifford on Apr 12th 2012
Christopher Niemann Abstract City

Christopher Niemann is an illustrator and designer who began Abstract City, a visual blog for the New York Times, in July 2008. He has just published a book, Abstract City, containing original posts and new exclusively created material. Niemann’s design and illustration work has appeared on the covers of such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Wired and American Illustration. He has won several awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.... CONTINUE READING

Taschen Publishes Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era

By: Jo Gifford on Apr 4th 2012
Taschen Publishes Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era

Taschen publishes Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era, a 2 volume set of advertising from the 50’s and 60’s. The set comes as 2 hardback books in a slipcase, published in a multilingual edition with English, German and French translations. With the third series of Mad Men starting on Sky One, the release captures the renaissance spirit of mid-century advertising and celebrates the era of advertising that saw great leaps in process and thinking. This set is... CONTINUE READING

Sappi Presents The Standard 5: Special Effects in NYC

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Apr 3rd 2012
Sappi Presents The Standard 5: Special Effects in NYC

Last week I was fortunate to attend Sappi’s The Standard 5: Special Effects event presenting the newest edition of The Standard (Enlarged Cover Photo to Left), a resource for designers and printers. A packed house greeted me at SVA Theater as the buzz of conversation overflowed out onto the street through the open theater doors and passing New Yorkers paused mid stride to peer in and try to catch a glimpse inside. Held partly as a benefit for 826... CONTINUE READING

Bongo Comics Misdirected New Logo and Comic Book Titles

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 29th 2012
Bongo Comics Misdirected New Logo and Comic Book Titles

Bongo Comics Group is a lesser-known Comic Book publishing company established in 1993 by Steve and Cindy Vance, Bill Morrison and Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening. They publish comics related to the animated television series The Simpsons and Futurama along with original material. It was named after Bongo, a rabbit character in Groening’s comic strip Life In Hell. Long time Art Director Nathan Kane has now been promoted to Creative Director, replacing Bill Morrison, who is still rumored to be working on secret side projects with Groening.... CONTINUE READING

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