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50 Books / 50 Covers

Every year since 1923, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a.k.a. AIGA, has held the 50 Books/50 Covers competition in the United States. 

Thoughtfulness is not only put in to the design, but also how the books are produced. Michael Carabetta, who was a judge in this year’s competition, mentioned the books chosen excelled “not only in design—[but] in production; in paper, mixing coated and uncoated… People are getting into the real, physical qualities of the book.”

Here are a few of our favorites: 



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portada: a serif font designed for digital media


Name: Portada
Designers: Veronika Burian and José Scaglione
Foundry: Type-Together
Release Date: September 2016

Portada, the new title typeface for Clarínis a serif font designed for editorial design and digital media. While sans-serif fonts are the preferred typeface for web and digital media design, Portada designers Veronika Burian and José Scaglione created their serif typeface to be just as legible as sans-serif fonts in digital formats.


Originally posted on AIGA. Read more about Portada here


See America - Vintage Style Travel Posters

See America - Vintage Style Travel Posters


US Travel Posters by Steven Thomas for Print Collection

"Print Collection is a company that produces museum-style quality prints for your home. With summer just around the bend, they’ve released a special collection fittingly named, See America.'

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"See America is a collection of 10 vintage-style CPA travel posters by Steven Thomas that will inspire you to travel across the country. They’re also a great way to vicariously travel and see those famous US sites if you don’t have time to squeeze in a cross-country road trip this year."

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Source: Design Milk

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Books We Love - Designing News: Changing the World of Editorial Design and Information Graphics

Books We Love - Designing News: Changing the World of Editorial Design and Information Graphics




"In Designing News, award-winning editorial and infographics designer Francesco Franchi conveys his vision for the future of the news and media industries. He evaluates the fundamental changes that are taking place in our digital age in terms of consumer expectations and the way media is being used. The book then outlines the challenges that result and proposes strategies for traditional publishing houses, broadcasting companies, journalists, and designers to address them.

Designing News explores how today’s media outlets can become credible, cross-platform news brands. Franchi advocates redefining reporting as telling a continuous narrative across a broad range of traditional and digital media. To this end, he proposes a new, integrated role for editorial designers in advancing the evolution of media for the future.

Franchi’s findings in Designing News are based on his own work for Il Sole 24 ORE as well as case studies by top media insiders including Bloomberg Businessweek’s Richard Turley, Thomson Reuters’s Daniele Codega, the New York Times’s Steve Duenes, the Times’s Matt Curtis, and type designer Christian Schwartz."

(Source: Gestalten)

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Event - Behind the Design of Bloomberg Businessweek

Event - Behind the Design of Bloomberg Businessweek


If you're in Berlin on March 19th, don't miss out on this incredible lecture with Creative Director of Bloomberg, Richard Turley.


Date: March 19, 2014

Time: 19:00

Location: Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin


"Gestalten is proud to present an evening talk with Richard Turley, creative director of Bloomberg Businessweek.

When Turley joined the respected magazine in 2010, his mission was nothing less than to reinvent it. Since then, the magazine has won numerous awards and accolades from the Art Directors Club, D&AD, the Society of Publication Designers (including Magazine of the Year 2012), and The Society for News Design to name but a few.

Each week they translate the complex, button-down, data-driven world of business, politics, and economics into an endlessly surprising visual package; featuring bold, fresh, and often provocative covers that capture the imagination and mood of the nation.

In this evening talk moderated by Gestalten’s Sven Ehmann, Turley will share highlights from his impactful body of work as well as his thoughts on igniting creativity amid tight deadlines. “While everyone else feels limited by the lack of time for a project, I find it very liberating, as you do not have the burden of over analysis. It is all instinctive”, says Turley.

Don’t miss your chance to hear this award-winning creative director give insight into the design process at Bloomberg Businessweek, which doesn't look like a traditional news weekly but continually strives to be informative, seductive, and unexpected.

Read Richard Turley’s “The Blessing of Deadlines” essay and learn more about Bloomberg Businessweek in Gestalten’s book Designing News: Changing the World of Editorial Design and Infographics by Francesco Franchi.

This event will be held in English. Free entrance."

(Source: Gestalten)

Reading Positions

Reading Positions


We love this fun post from The Warby Parker Blog featuring different reading positions. 




1. Stretch

2. Grasp book

3. Assume position (see above)

4. Hold position for required amount of time

5. Cool down

Art: Patrick Kearns

A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design

A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design


(via Creative Review)

Graphic designer and author Chip Kidd has written an introduction to graphic design for children. The book offers an entertaining and inspiring look at visual communication...

On the front cover of Chip Kidd's new book, Go! A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design, is a big red sign usually reserved for the word 'stop'. On Kidd's cover though, it says 'go'. As he explains later in the book, Kidd is toying with his readers. “It is meant first to attract your attention, then to make you want to investigate it and figure it out. And I think that's what all book covers should try to do,” he says.

A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design is aimed at children aged 10 and above and provides an introduction to some of the key concepts in graphics and typography. Witty, engaging and never condescending, it's exactly the kind of introduction to graphic design that I never had - but wish I did – when I was at school.

Kidd's book starts with an explanation of what graphic design is and why it's important. As he explains, “everything that is not made by nature is designed by someone...and it affects us all the time”.  He also provides a potted history of graphic design, stretching from cave paintings in 10,000 BC to the invention of Garamond in 1530, the first user-friendly Apple computer in 1984 and Photoshop in 1989. It isn't an exhaustive list but it references some key design movements and technological developments.

The rest of the book is divided into four chapters - form, typography, content and concept – which outline key design principles. In form, he presents examples of how to create powerful designs using techniques such as cropping and juxtaposing images, layering text and playing with light and dark:

And in a chapter on typography, he introduces readers to kerning, points and picas, and a selection of iconic fonts including Didot, Princetown, Huxley Vertical and of course, Gill Sans and Helvetica. It's a complex subject to relay to a young audience but Kidd pulls it off by toying with type to illustrate his points, encouraging his readers to really think about how typography affects the way we interpret words.

Chapters on content and concept introduce readers to Louis Sullivan's 'form follows function' theory, highlighting the importance of addressing the question, what are you trying to communicate? before deciding on a final design concept. While Kidd acknowledges that the idea for a concept is often the result of luck or a stroke of genius, he encourages readers to “let the problem itself give you ideas”, citing the inspiration for some of his most striking cover designs:

The book ends with a series of design projects encouraging readers to practice the theory they've learned. In one, he invites children to create their own visual identity, asking “what is your idea of yourself? And what idea of you do you want others to have?” He also suggests starting a graphic design collection and making a font specimen sheet.

Kidd's guide is full of practical advice and examples of his own work and others', including his brilliant Jurassic Park book cover - just one of more than 1000 he's designed during his design career. It's informative without being boring,  simplifies complex themes without patronising readers and most importantly, it shows children that design can, and should, be fun.

Books We Love - Edible Cookbook

Books We Love - Edible Cookbook



German design studio Korefe has created the 'The Real Cookbook', an edible instruction manual for making a classic lasagna. First, the user reads each inscribed fresh pasta page of the guide, learning the steps necessary to make the dish. then, each informative sheet is baked into a home-crafted lasagna with the filling ingredients complementing the text-covered base.

'The Real Cookbook' was designed for the culinary and art focused publishing company, Gerstenberg Publishing House in a limited edition series.

Thanks Design Boom!

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Sappi Fine Paper - Print &

Sappi Fine Paper - Print &



Sappi Fine Paper North America announced today the debut of "Print &," an insightful publication highlighting the interrelationship between print and digital media. Rather than being at odds, "Print &" highlights persuasive study results showing how print drives return on investment (ROI) when used in combination with alternative media to create effective integrated campaigns. Through independent research and compelling examples, "Print &" explores data on demographic preferences, emotional triggers, as well as shopping behaviors that show how print creates an interactive, visually intriguing and tactile experience. (via PIworld)

Wells College Book Arts Center

Wells College Book Arts Center


Wells-press-view The Book Arts Center at Wells College is located in Aurora, New York. A little village with a population of a little over 700, located east of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region. According to Printeresting, it is a place certainly worth a visit to see the wonderful letterpress and book arts facilities and the lovely people at the Wells College Book Arts Center. (Read more and see more photos here)




The 50 States of Europe - Letterpress

The 50 States of Europe - Letterpress



“The 50 States of Europe” letterpress map print (American States transposed onto the European Continent) was executed from the idea that many Americans have no idea how far or close countries in Europe are and likewise many Europeans do not realize how vast the United States is. The approximate land masses of each state and each country were compared and paired up to form this fictional landscape resembling a vintage map. (via The Beauty of Letterpress)


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Wooden Business Cards

Wooden Business Cards


bdh_millwork_wooden_business_card_01 Brad Haniak, journeyman cabinet maker and owner of BDH Millwork, needed a business card. He also had a budget smaller than an acorn. Not letting fiscal woes get in our way, we came up with the solution of stamping Brad's info onto leftover wood he had lying around from past cabinetry jobs. Forty dollars later, Brad has the best looking (and smelling) business card this side of the Everglades. (via For Print Only)