Archive for the ‘ Design ’ Category


March 21, 2013
Posted by: Colleen AF Venable
Categories: Design

DesignerViews are mini, two question, interviews about design with creators whose work we admire: What have you designed that you love? And what design inspires you? This month we are featuring Erik Buckham, the fantastic designer behind the stunning Jerusalem jacket (written by Boaz Yakin and illustrated by Nick Bertozzi). From the haunting limited palette Read the Rest…

February 4, 2013
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Design

Books have many parts.  Here are some of them. Hardcover (This is Baby’s in Black.) Book Jacket (This is the jacket for the hardcover Red Handed with the book taken out.) Paperback (This is Poseidon.) Cloth Binding (This is American Born Chinese.  You can tell it’s a cloth binding because you can see the texture Read the Rest…

January 30, 2013
Posted by: Colleen AF Venable
Categories: Design

When it comes to design, spines don’t often get much credit. People will rant or rave over covers, but it’s pretty rare to hear a “DID YOU SEE THAT BOOK SPINE?!” or “I was going to read that book, but I just couldn’t get over the ugly spine.” The spine is one of the trickiest Read the Rest…

January 18, 2013
Posted by: Colleen AF Venable
Categories: Behind the Scenes, Design

You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of IMAGINATION (and also ink mixing, a whole lot of ink mixing). Next stop, the PRINTING PRESS ZONE! A wondrous land where huge piles of James Patterson’s face lay in stacks Read the Rest…

July 30, 2012
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Design

from the desk of Zack Giallongo Ever since I started down the path of drawing when I was a kid, my favorite thing was always the characters. It sounds obvious to me, but I realize that many people don’t always enjoy drawing characters or thinking about their design. As I got older, I realized that Read the Rest…

December 3, 2009
Posted by: Colleen AF Venable
Categories: Design

Today’s post is brought to you by the lowercase letter “g” and my love for it. It is, and always has been, my favorite letter in the alphabet. (People have those right?) Lowercase g’s come in such a variety of shapes—from g’s that look like 9’s or even 8’s, to ones with elaborate swoops that Read the Rest…

November 20, 2009
Posted by: Colleen AF Venable
Categories: Design

Sometimes when I’m in the mood to make my brain explode I’ll get caught up wondering how trends happen in design. Was there someone who started it who will never get credit? Did one trend flow and morph into the next, though stepping back they seem so different? Like who was the first person to Read the Rest…

October 23, 2009
Posted by: Colleen AF Venable
Categories: Design
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Fun Game for all you Design Dorks out there (a title I proudly wear like a Girl Scout badge I stapled on since I was way too Grrrl and lazy to sew)! Pull out all of the jacketed books on your bookcase and one by one peek underneath. To make it even more interesting try Read the Rest…

October 9, 2009
Posted by: Colleen AF Venable
Categories: Behind the Scenes, Design
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I’ve always been a big fan of wrap-around covers. I have a habit that whenever I get a new book I always take off the cover and open it flat, look at the case, look at the spine…see it the way the designer did on screen, flaps out, all of the pieces together…a visual conversation Read the Rest…

September 24, 2009
Posted by: Colleen AF Venable
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Back in the day when I used to work in a cubicle almost a FULL ten feet away (my previous job was for :01’s parent company Roaring Brook) I had the pleasure of sitting right next to one of my favorite things. The Bookcase of First Second Foreign Editions—something I love so much I feel Read the Rest…