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November 22, 2017
Design book: Can graphic design save your life?
Design book: Can graphic design save your life?

As designers, we are familiar with the crucial role graphic design plays in conveying information in a more efficient matter. Good graphic design actually goes much further than that; it goes as far as saving lives. Specialized publisher GraphicDesign& recently released a book that demonstrates how graphic design, when done right, can save your life. […]

June 17, 2017
Graphic design work by Everyday Practice
Graphic design work by Everyday Practice

The Korean design studio, founded by Kwon Joonho, Kim Kyung-chul and Kim Eojin, regularly works for Cultural institutions and has a collaborative approach to design. They work primarily in the field of graphic design, but also like to experiment with other types of design. You can discover more of their work on their portfolio website.

February 15, 2017
A look at the top magazine designs
A look at the top magazine designs

The art of designing magazines lies in two different areas – the striking cover design and the layout of the contents. The magazine and journal scene has well and truly been revived and, in recent years, it has taken on a very elegant and artful form. We have come a long way from the conventional […]

February 5, 2017
The best of “1984” book covers
The best of “1984” book covers

Since the election of Donald Trump, George Orwell’s most famous book, 1984, has seen a surge in sales. Printmag took this occasion as an opportunity to take a look at the covers created for this book accross countries and decades. You can see a few of the covers here, but check out Printmag’s article for […]

December 7, 2016
An impressive 3D movable book about type
An impressive 3D movable book about type

I’ve always wondered why books with paper gimmicks were mostly designed for children books, but now there is a great example that targets type lovers and graphic designers. This Movable book of letterforms was designed by Kevin Steele to serve as an example to show how pop-up books can be used to educate people. In […]

November 20, 2016
Pirate Utopia: book design and illustration by John Coulthart
Pirate Utopia: book design and illustration by John Coulthart

John Coulthart is a talented illustrator and designer who creates stunning designs for books. He also runs a great blog where he shares his work, among other things. The Pirate Utopia layouts and illustrations is the latest work he shared.

October 15, 2016
Depero Futurista: The Bolted Book
Depero Futurista: The Bolted Book

Some famous books shape the world for the unique influence they have on people’s ideas and actions. Some other, less famous, books also have a tremendous influence in their field, but just don’t get the same global recognition and stay in the shadow. Depero Futurista is one of those. This design book, considered by some […]

August 7, 2016
This amazing book contains puzzles you need to solve in order to keep on reading
This amazing book contains puzzles you need to solve in order to keep on reading

When you start thinking that everything has already been done in book design, an innovative designer pops up and creates something you’ve never seen and you would never have thought of. Brady Whitney is an industrial designer, which gives him a different approach to designing books, thanks to his background. If you take a look […]

June 7, 2016
A concept art book that features a paper cutted house
A concept art book that features a paper cutted house

As his name suggests, Olafur Eliasson is an artist from Northern Europe based in Berlin, Germany. I only discovered recently one of his earlier project: Your House. Your House is a concept book that was released as an artistic project and published by the Library Council of the Museum of Modern Art back in 2006. The […]

May 10, 2016
Penguin Galaxy covers by Alex Trochut
Penguin Galaxy covers by Alex Trochut

Penguin did it again, they released a new series of classic books (sci-fi this time) with gorgeous covers. This time, they asked New-York based designer Alex Trochut to work on the designs. The designer chose to take a purely typographic approach to the project. For each cover, he used a line-based lettering system that he […]

March 17, 2016
Gorgeous layout by Wang Zhi-Hong for a book about Dutch modernism
Gorgeous layout by Wang Zhi-Hong for a book about Dutch modernism

Wang Zhi-Hong is a talented Chinese graphic designer based in Taiwan. His work in general shows a great eye for typography, color, and graphic design in general, but it’s his book layout on Dutch modernism that really caught my interest. The layout is obviously grid-based, shows all the work of the Dutch designers with proper […]

February 29, 2016
Illustrated covers for the Tokyoiter, the imaginary New Yorker counterpart
Illustrated covers for the Tokyoiter, the imaginary New Yorker counterpart

Andrew Joyce and David Robert are two designers based in Tokyo. Inspired by the gorgeous covers of the New Yorker or the Parisianer, they decided to pay a tribute to these magazines iconic covers by creating an imaginary Tokyo counterpart: the Tokyoiter. The covers layouts and illustrations are of course heavily inspired by the two […]

February 28, 2016
A new design by Matt Steel for Walden, Thoreau’s masterpiece
A new design by Matt Steel for Walden, Thoreau’s masterpiece

If you follow world politics a little, there is at least one of Henry David Thoreau’s concepts that you are already familiar with: civil disobedience. If you are not familiar with that book or the ideas it promotes, just know that examplary people like Martin Luther King or Gandhi used this book as inspiration to […]

February 23, 2016
Penguin’s pocket classics get a colorful redesign
Penguin’s pocket classics get a colorful redesign

As usual when Penguin launches anything, designers around the world take a good look and enjoy the work. They opted for a minimalist style with a clever use of color for the covers. The colors may seems randomly chosen, but each color is attached to the original language of the book. Orange is for English, […]

February 9, 2016
A book with hyperlinks by Maria Fischer
A book with hyperlinks by Maria Fischer

Internet browsers took some concepts from books, like the bookmarks for example. For her design diploma’s work in 2010, Maria Fischer did the opposite, she took a concept that is typically found on the internet, hyperlinks, and tried to apply it to a book. For that purpose, she used strings to connect words with other […]