I love design. I love the endless possibilities of color, texture, type and image on the printed page. On It’s Nice That I found some inspiration.
Check out the use of color here:
And the use of pattern here on the endpages:
These are from this book:
And here is a book on cycling (yea!) amazingly called Kings of Pain which really resonates with me at this moment as my legs protest every time I attempt stairs after this week’s intense amount of bike commuting.
And the echo of the type on the title page:
Is that type metallic? Metallic pantone! Love this.
And this book, appropriately titled Fantastic by Gina Moreno Valle, has 3-d elements and comes with viewing glasses but I’m kind of enjoying looking at it without the glasses.
Not enough people use bookplates these days. I remember the first set I got and happily placed into all of my favorite books. There was a picture of Garfield the cat clutching a set of books and under him were the words, “These are mine” and a line under that where I wrote my name in my best bubbly handwriting. Thankfully my tastes have changed a bit but my love for bookplates has not. On Design*Sponge there is a nice post about The British Library’s Flicker page (oh my god. try not to waste your whole day on this amazing site) and this freebee!
I found this post today on It’s Nice That. It’s a round up of some of the best logo designs from this year so far. A lot of these are redesigns and while they are all beautiful (except for the Pay Pal one, I’m going to have to disagree with them on that logo) each logo is versatile and effective getting the job done while also looking good doing it.
I highly recommend watching the short video on the Penguin/Random House logo and their imprints, very well done. I’ve also commented before on the logo redesign for the Jewish Museum but I seriously cannot get enough, it’s THAT good.
Over on one of my favorite design blogs, Design*Sponge, there is a “Day in the Life” piece on one of my favorite artists/letterers, Dana Tanamachi who will have a book (!) out soon on DIY type which I can’t wait to buy!