book design


Book design is the art of designing books.

Peter Biľak speaks to Irma Boom about how her design practice developed over the past decade.
Interviews · 23 July 2012 · English · 2942 words
Third in the heavily subsidised series ‘Graphic design in the Netherlands’, Jan van Toorn, Critical Practice takes on the difficult task of exploring and striving to elucidate the work of Jan van Toorn (JvT), a designer who is not always clear about his intentions, who makes frequent use of inexplicable images and text, and whose work is often described with concepts such as ‘alienation’, ‘incomprehensibility’, ‘defamiliarisation’, ‘digressions’ and ‘intrusion’.
Reviews · 16 July 2008 · English · 896 words
L'Art Director di Collins descrive il procedimento seguito per il progetto di una nuova serie di dizionari, dal punto di vista storico, del layout e della scelta dei caratteri. Data la scala alla quale il contenuto del dizionario viene espresso, e il modo particolare in cui viene letto, le decisioni microtipografiche hanno un effetto amplificato.
Essays · 18 July 2006 · Italian · 3700 words
Graphic designer Willem Sandberg became the director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum in 1945. From that time until 1962 he designed almost all the printed matter for the Stedelijk and transformed the museum, introducing new ideas into the stuffy world of museums of that time.
Reviews · 11 May 2005 · English · 1094 words
The art director of Collins describes the process of designing the new set of dictionaries, their history, layout and choice of type. Due to the scale at which a dictionary’s content is expressed and the particular way in which the content is read, microtypographic decisions have an unusually large effect.
Essays · 28 April 2005 · English · 4514 words
A critical review of a new book featuring excerpts of Marshall McLuhan’s work, designed by David Carson. Tha author considers the complex task of illustrating McLuhan’s intricate work, and whether or not Carson’s visual devices are successful.
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 675 words
Two books are reviewed and compared: one, a Phaidon book by Steven Heller on the history of avant-garde publications from the early 20th century on, the other, a glossier Taschen book featuring the recent design work of some 100 studios. Read on as Stuart Bailey puts the two in a ring together and hands Heller a very large pair of gloves.
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 1633 words
A review, first appearing in Items first issue, of Bruce Mau‘s other large book, which arrived three years after S,M,L,XL. Described is an interesting archaeology of contemporary culture and design.
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 899 words
A review of the late Kalman’s monograph in context, with a brief background of Tibor’s influential design work and approach to its role in the consumer culture of the 80s and 90s.
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 1726 words
A useful critical review of the monograph from the Swiss designer who bent the Swiss grid. Stuart Bailey looks at the contradictions in Weingart's book and his design work in context.
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 784 words
A review of John Maeda's monograph from 2000. A critical look at the book's design, and the philosophy and work of the new media designer/artist.
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 540 words
A positive review of a simply designed handbook of package design in a time where gloss is king in design publishing.
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 220 words
A critical review of the design and content of a collection of some 20th century type and its applications.
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 388 words
A review of Lewis Blackwell’s book The End of Print: The Graphic Design of David Carson. The review contains an archaeology of the state of design in the mid-90s and some of the discussions which surrounded the work of the surf pro gone design star.
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 1330 words
The background of the design of Majoor’s font Seria.
Typeface stories · 29 November 2004 · English · 1104 words
The life and work of the quietly pivotal Swiss modern design Erik Nitsche, who's clients ranged from the MOMA to RCA in a career that spanned the 20th century.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 4685 words
Martin Majoor, known for his typefaces Scala and Seria, is interviewed by Peter Biľak. The origins of his type, book design and working methods are discussed.
Interviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 1219 words
A survey of woman designers of books, magazines, activist campaigns, identities etc. across the 20th century.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 4875 words
Lars Müller is taken to task for his religious reverence for and faith in the omnipresent Helvetica, and the book he produced which is described as a sort of universalist, modernist gospel but several decades misplaced. What one might come away with from the book and review is the possibility that type preferences are simply individualistic... so what does it matter anyway?
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 2322 words
A theory-heavy, mid-1990s look at the concept of Deconstruction, looking at its origins in French post-structuralist discourse and then current use in the design world.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 5125 words
Irma Boom, one of the world’s foremost book designers, discusses her working methods, preferences, and the nature of free-range design.
Interviews · 29 November 2001 · English · 1590 words