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Julian Montague’s Daily Book Graphics

Dear readers,

I am in the process of migrating over to Squarespace, where I just launched my first full-length post (I had been tinkering with a couple brief posts prior to this one, feeling out the site). My first full-length Squarespace post is devoted to the Daily Book Graphics project of artist/designer Julian Montague, which features a ton of amazingly drool-worthy vintage book images.

You can check out my post and Montague’s lovely book designs by clicking on the screenshot above.

I would also love any and all feedback on layout, design, content, etc.!

Best,

Lesley

Josef Müller-Brockmann: Pioneer of Swiss graphic design.

All of my designer readers most likely carry on a rather intimate relationship with Josef Müller-Brockmann. But, for those of you who aren’t so lucky, allow me to make the necessary introductions. Born in Rapperswil, Switzerland in 1914, Müller-Brockmann would later go on to become known as the Pioneer of Swiss Graphic Design. As explained in Eye Magazine:

By the 1950s [Müller-Brockmann] was established as the leading practitioner and theorist of the Swiss Style, which sought a universal graphic expression through a grid-based design purged of extraneous illustration and subjective feeling.

JM-B did an interview with Eye Magazine for their Winter 1995 issue,  just one year prior to his passing. In the interview, the innovative Swiss designer was asked what order meant to him:

Order was always wishful thinking for me. For 60 years I have produced disorder in files, correspondence and books. In my work, however, I have always aspired to a distinct arrangement of typographic and pictorial elements, the clear identification of priorities. The formal organisation of the surface by means of the grid, a knowledge of the rules that govern legibility (line length, word and letter spacing and so on) and the meaningful use of colour are among the tools a designer must master in order to complete his or her task in a rational and economic manner.

The grid, the prioritization and arrangement of typographic and pictorial elements, the meaningful use of color… Observe the Swiss mastery below:

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From Poe to Parker.

In my course, we’re transitioning. From one fractured poet to another, we’re transitioning.

From Poe to Parker.

So, I thought I’d present you with an imagistic representation of this literary trajectory.

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On my summer reading list:

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Peter Ackroyd is somewhat of a kindred spirit, frequently publishing wonderful material on tortured poets, even novels (Ackroyd’s Chatterton, for example, which I strongly recommend to anyone even remotely interested in the British Romantics).

Vintage Rye.

Found: A collection of Catcher in the Rye covers in a variety of languages, from HERE. Oh, J.D…. R.I.P.

Some favorites:

Czech and Hungarian stamp sets.

{ Now available }

I compiled three separate stamp sets over the weekend and posted the listings in my Etsy shop:

Each stamp set will come in a lovely little package, accompanied by a mini pack of surprise ephemera goodies. These sets would make a beautifully unique addition to any collection or collage or scrapbooking project!

~ 1 set of 15 Czech (Ceskoslovensko) pictorial stamps, canceled and dating from the late 1960s through the 1970s. Several valuable stamps with vivid designs depicting Communist images. { Etsy listing }

That illuminated initial “S” makes me very happy.

~ 1 set of 8 Czech (Ceskoslovensko) shield stamps, canceled and dating from 1968-1975. Bright blues, reds, and greens. { Etsy listing }

~ 1 set of 15 Hungarian (Magyar Posta) pictorial stamps, canceled and dating from the late 1960s through the 1970s. Great educational and historical images and a lovely variety of colors. { Etsy listing }

I love the one with the girl reading. Of course.

I am so happy that the Vintage section of my Etsy shop is growing and expanding in a variety of ways. I want to live, breathe, and love vintage. All day, every day.

Of course, I still have some non-vintage papery items available as well. Thanks so much for visiting!

{ Click the image above to access my shop }

The Pelican Project

The evolution of the Pelican cover, from the 1930s through the 1980s, presented HERE by Things Magazine. Note: It didn’t really get exciting until the 1960s. Peace, love, and Pelican.

Some of my favorites:

1943

1945

1960

1962

1962

1963

1964

1966

1967

1972

1972

1974

Thanks so much to @AquaVelvet for clueing me in to this great collection via Twitter.

The book cover designs of Isaac Tobin

Just stumbled upon the blog of The Casual Optimist and caught an interview that he conducted with Isaac Tobin, senior designer with the University of Chicago Press. The images are fabulous, so I wanted to share some of my favorites with you here. I want to run my fingers all over that Obsession cover.

More of Tobin’s designs and the full interview at The Casual Optimist HERE.

Follow The Casual Optimist/Dan Wagstaff on Twitter HERE.