One of the books (sold out) on bookstand is a flower with love which is one of my favourite bruno munari books. I found it at the public library before I actually knew who bruno munari was.
I really enjoyed this interview from 2011 with Laurence King,
"The market for digital illustrated books was always going to move more slowly than for text-only books, but it has developed less rapidly than I anticipated,
and in design and art is more-or-less negligible except for the sale of student books to “for profit” colleges, which sell them along to students as part of the price of the course.
Despite this, I feel sure that in the end the market for illustrated books that are content-driven (such as student, reference and how-to books) will become mainly digital. In the end, publishers’ costs for digital illustrated books will be much lower than for printed books, so publishers will try harder to tempt the market into digital products — not just with lower prices, but more importantly by exploiting digital possibilities. At the moment, digital illustrated books are only a major additional cost with little revenue attached, but I do not think that anyone in the art and design area has created one properly yet."
This looks good, Book Design by Andrew Haslam. I will be teaching a typography course in the spring at ECUAD, and I will add this to the recommended reading
I'm going through my portfolio this week. Looking at the stacks of papers and books it makes me laugh to think how much I worried about each one. It's nice getting older and being a bit more easygoing :)
These are offcut scraps from a poster I did last year. If you ever wondered what happens when you screen back a neon pantone, it just becomes a nice pastel colour. This is 806U. (It was stochastic printing).
This isn't the sort of thing I normally go in for, but this series of mini lectures from Seth Godin were really interesting. Especially his thoughts about creating apps and basic business planning. The publishing world is in such a tizzy right now, all clear thoughts are welcome.
Recreated from original art by Ram Singh Urveti, Bhajju Shyam and Durga Bai and silkscreened by hand onto black paper. This is produced by Tara Books.
The Form of the Book Book and Writings about Graphic Design by Richard Hollis.
From a motto pop up shop — I was chasing a 3-year old and holding a glass of wine, so it's a bit blurry.
Yesterday I gave a talk at Simon Fraser University on book design and publishing practices — while I was researching I found a new moomin app. Of course there are moomin apps, why didn't I think of it!
Today I'll be at the Alcuin Society's symposium on the printed and the electronic book called The New/Old Book. Chipp Kidd and Marian Bantjes will be speaking. It's been a while since I took a day off for professional practices.
My favourite edition of Aesop's Fables is a 1987 edition by Mitsumasa Anno. It's not just a book of fables, it's a book about books, about different interpretations and points of view and in a way it is also about parenting.
But what is the grasshopper doing, you ask? Well, Freddy, it looks as if he is running away. But, yes, as you say, the grasshopper has an alibi, so he doesn't really need to run away. You're absolutely right. I had forgotten to read what it says here. It says, "The grasshopper isn't running away. He just stopped by to warn the ants that they should watch out for the farmer who has come looking for them."
Insects should look after one another, you see.
It's too late for this year — but next summer we should get some pear green tea and keep it iced in the fridge, because it is really good.
I'm listening to the Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden. I loved her when I was eleven and still do. Her books aren't necessarily appropriate for 11-year olds, I guess. Or maybe they are? At the time I intended to have a daughter and name her Rumer, and I was very attached to it, so I was pretty annoyed with Demi Moore when she did it.
I found this pretty hard cover edition from 1958 for five dollars, but then shipping and handling is a bit much. So, I'll just put it here in my notebook. Takes up less space.
This is a greengage plum I found at the market on Sunday, which reminded me about the book in the first place. They're not my favourite to eat, but the colour is amazing.
When I was Small just won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize — congratulations to Sara O'Leary and Julie Morstad for the third book in their Henry series. Phew, that's a lot of links.
This past Saturday Simply Read Books launched Owls See Clearly at Night at Collage Collage. Owls See Clearly is an introduction to Michif, the language of the Métis people. Michif is a combination of Cree and French and used to be a common language in the Prairies, but is now disappearing. This book is a resource to help preserve Michif and it is also beautifully illustrated and carefully conceived by Julie Flett.
If you would like to know more about Michif, here are some resources from the book (click on the image to enlarge), including the online Métis Museum, which contains educational resources, stories and more.