To start things off, we would like to point our fingers in the direction of those who are doing amazing work out there and have some really great book design blogs already in place. On the right, we have FaceOut Studios with their FaceOut Books blog. At our left we have the queen of the comp: Kimberly Glyder at ShelvedBooks blog. Up the block and over the hill we have Mr. Christopher Tobias with the Group Thinkery where designers talk… a lot… especially on Thursdays. And then down in the valley; down the dirt road, we have the lovely group of houses: Covers.Fwis, BCA, David Drummond, David Gee, Ingrid Paulson and the fine folks at Caustic Covers Critic blog, The Casual Optimist and Journey Round My Skull. As we make our way to the City, we start to see the skyline featuring John Gall’s Spine Out blog, Henry Sene Yee’s blog and the wonderful Jacket Mechanical blog by Peter Mendelsund. That about ends our voyage of what’s out there in the book design blogasphere (there is a lot lot more, but these are the top blogs discussing quality book design). Sadly the BDR (Book Design Review) has been boarded up until further notice. You can still find it up the block.
So why have we taken you on a virtual journey of other blogs? Well, for one, it’s blogs that we enjoy and visit regularly to keep in shape. It’s nice to see how other designers solve design issues and where they have failed, succeeded, or how they have been inspired. It helps us be better in our own work as we are pushed to think differently about our appraoch and the process of design in general. Because no matter how long you have been designing books or how familiar you are with publishing, you have to admit that it is a ever-changing landscape. These days, more than ever before, book designers are doing absolutely stunning work. And we can’t figure out if it’s because designers feel “the end” of publishing as we have known it is coming and they want to fill the world with as much good books as possible before everyone has a Kindle, or if they are trying to save something they truly believe in: Beautiful books, on shelves, in peoples homes… But good work abounds, and these blogs paint a good picture of what that looks like.
Without further ado, we will start this particular blog off with a series of interviews. i think we’ll start with Carin Goldberg here in a few days and take it from there. Also, look for regular posts of projects we are working on, articles from some cool book cats we know, and your regular garden variety book design related posts, that are hopefully unique to this here blog.