Tag Archives: covers

I’VE MOVED! PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RSS FEED!

My dear lovely readers,

***I’VE MOVED!***

My blog migration is complete: I have officially moved Words and Eggs over to Squarespace. Click HERE to check out my new cozy home! I’m prety psyched about it. You can find all of my previous posts over at my new blog, along with some recent posts from the past week, including a collection of vintage book graphics and Form magazine covers from the 1950s to the present day.

Sometimes I just want to bathe in vintage covers.
Is that TMI?

Anyway, for all you subscribers, please be so kind as to update your RSS feed for my new blog location:
http://wordsandeggs.squarespace.com

And please Please PLEASE feel free to leave me any and all feedback you might have on my new website, which is still somewhat of a work in progress. I’m still updating my links, so please don’t fret if you were linked on this blog but you no longer see yourself mentioned on my new blog (I’m talking to you, handmade artists and awesome shopkeepers).

Also, one of the new features on my new blog is that I’ll be seeking sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsoring and/or advertising your site, services, or shop on my site, please contact me for stats and rate info:
wordseggs [at] gmail [dot] com

I look forward to seeing you all over at my new home!

Best,
Lesley

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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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:

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.

Which? magazine covers

Delicious Industries proves fruitful once again, this time with their extremely fabulous collection of Which? magazine covers from the 1960s and ’70s, designed by Colin Banks and John Miles. Below are some of my favorites:

Follow Delicious Industries on Twitter HERE.