“A book is a flexible mirror of the mind and the body. Its overall size and proportions, the color and texture of the paper, the sound it makes as the pages turn, and the smell of the paper, adhesive and ink, all blend with the size and form and placement of the type to reveal a little about the world in which it was made. If the book appears to be only a paper machine, produced at their own convenience by other machines, only machines will want to read it.”
woodswoodswoods:

I’ve never not been totally stopped in my tracks when this cover pops up in various collections of Penguin/Pelican covers. Just perfect. I think it’s about time I found a physical copy.

Holy sweet Moses, this is brilliant!

woodswoodswoods:

I’ve never not been totally stopped in my tracks when this cover pops up in various collections of Penguin/Pelican covers. Just perfect. I think it’s about time I found a physical copy.

Holy sweet Moses, this is brilliant!

viafrank:

Have you seen Things Magazine’s collection of book covers from Pelican, called The Pelican Project?
You haven’t? Oh, well you should probably go sneak a peek. It’s a bottomless well of design inspiration, fine tuning your spidey-senses of clarity, concept, and conciseness. And, if you have visited, I’d go take a look again, even just to witness that beautiful, dusty, distressed blue.

Welp. There goes my afternoon. Seriously. This is a goldmine. 

viafrank:

Have you seen Things Magazine’s collection of book covers from Pelican, called The Pelican Project?

You haven’t? Oh, well you should probably go sneak a peek. It’s a bottomless well of design inspiration, fine tuning your spidey-senses of clarity, concept, and conciseness. And, if you have visited, I’d go take a look again, even just to witness that beautiful, dusty, distressed blue.

Welp. There goes my afternoon. Seriously. This is a goldmine. 

It’s hard to believe that this school year has come to a close. I seriously have no idea where it went as it often feels like I just started at Kutztown yesterday. Tomorrow, I’m turning in my final project for the semester, that I have photographed in it’s entirety above. The project is a full hardcover book based off a Grimms Fairytale. I’m really happy with the end result and while I’m not sure it’s my favorite project I’ve ever done, I think it’s a nice representation of a style I’ve found myself growing into as of late and culmination of the various design experiments I’ve done this past year. 

The book evolved slightly from my original plan, mostly in an attempt to simplify and only show what is necessary. All the watercolor and pen and ink illustrations were done by hand (something I’ve never done in a finished project before) and I’m quite proud of how they turned out. The finished book is printed on lightweight watercolor paper and bound in a hard cover. The final presentation looks really nice, if I do say so myself, and think this is a good project to finish up on. 

There are some exciting things in the works for this summer and then I’ll be back at Kutztown for one more year in the Fall before I’m let loose in the design world. It’s going to be a good year.