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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

The Art & Sole Cortez iD Collaboration

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 29th 2012
The Art & Sole Cortez iD Collaboration

Sneaker enthusiasts Art & Sole have collaborated with Nike iD for the 40th anniversary of the Nike Cortez running shoe. Four artists, Jiro Bevis, Matthew Nicholson, Shantell Martin and Rose Stallard, were chosen to create artwork for the covers of four limited edition Art & Sole books. The books are sold in packs with a pair of matching Cortez sneakers, and different approaches for each design were used: moving image, sneaker-art, print and sculpture. Jiro Bevis named his cover... CONTINUE READING

It’s Nice That No.8

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 21st 2012
It’s Nice That No.8

The 8th edition of cutting edge design and creativity magazine It’s Nice That is now available for pre-order online. Issue #8 features interviews with John Pawson, graphic designer Paula Scher, and art collective Slavs and Tatars. Will Hudson founded It’s Nice That in April 2007 as “the perfect platform for him to record and document his love of the creative industry and desire to uncover new talent”. It’s Nice That is both a publishing platform on and offline, and... CONTINUE READING

Men’s Journal Ditches the Lower Case and Drops the Drop Shadow

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 13th 2012
Men’s Journal Ditches the Lower Case and Drops the Drop Shadow

Premiering in 1992, Men’s Journal Magazine has experienced numerous rebrand efforts. This is the first one that is a complete overhaul and a complete eye catcher when compared to the magazines other efforts. The new logo, taking inspiration from European auto-racing posters, is a bold, but inspiring new approach to the logo. From the Press Release… Though we’ve tweaked the logo many times since the magazine premiered in 1992, this is the first time we’ve overhauled it. And we... CONTINUE READING

Offscreenmag.com Launches

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 8th 2012
Offscreenmag.com Launches

A new magazine has been launched that focuses on the human side of designers who create online interfaces. Offscreen, which is designed to be collectible, is the brainchild of German-born, Melbourne-based web designer Kai Brach. The project was initially put on creative funding site Kickstarter but unfortunately didn’t meet its funding goal. Luckily Kai didn’t let that stop him from bringing the first issue to life. The first issue contains a whole host of interviews with well-known creative names... CONTINUE READING

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