“We have the internet to thank — and not just the interface but the economy that’s evolved around it. From the leather-bound volumes of old to lurid mass-market paperbacks, book covers were never designed in a vacuum… When you look at book covers right now, what you’ll see blaring back at you, bold and dazzling, is a highly competitive marketing landscape dominated by online retail, social media, and their curiously symbiotic rival, the resurgent independent bookstore.”
James Edmonson wrote a terrific post about customisations you can make to type in a logotype context. “A good logotype can convey more than just quality. If there is a single chunk of language that is perfectly considered and impeccably spaced, our brains can relax. We can actively delight in the fact that some designer somewhere poured their heart into creating something beautiful and perfect.”
Independent publishing company 404 Ink have blogged about their finances; “where our money goes, how much we earn, our profits, our challenges and so on”. The purpose was to demystify income and costs, of publishing. Particularly interesting is the breakdown of commissions and distribution costs and this article is a must read for any of you planing to publish in the future.
A practical treatise on the production of books in nineteenth century London. The book guides the novice from manuscript to distribution, demonstrating the interconnectedness of the people and processes involved. A facsimile of the 1892 edition alongside new texts by Esther McManus and Samantha Whetton. Available in-person or online londonbookarts.org/shop
I was invited to contribute to Idealog's creativity month on behalf of Design Assembly; I am not a farmer, but I try to think like one often in my design practice, as I believe for designers, creativity like the land is a resource to be nurtured and invested in. Read more about how I invest in my designer dirt here
Published by the Hong Kong-based viction:ary, the publication sheds light on “the distinction and diversity that women bring to their respective fields.” With a cover story on design hero Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister & Walsh, the book ranges a breadth of design specification from advertising, illustration, packaging design and more.
A special effort was made this year to include diverse voices in the roster of speakers, and this was noticed in the room and on social media. TDC board member Liz DeLuna admired conference organizer Juan Villanueva’s morning welcome that clearly articulated “the underlying intentions that drove the creation of this conference agenda, as well as the broader significance and impact of diversity and inclusion in the worlds of type, design and culture.”