Book Design: They make my heart flutter

I recently stumbled on an interesting Tumblr all about books and I particularly got impressed by these two things –

Book art by Alexander Korzer-Robinson

“The cut book art has been made by working through the books, page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others. The images seen in the finished work, are left standing in the place where they would appear in the complete book. As a final step the book is sealed around the cut, and can no longer be opened.” from the artist’s statement

This is just… wow. I’d be happy to lie snug and asleep in my grave if I accomplish something like this.

The Antibook by Francisca Prieto

This is a non-conventional book of Nicanor Parra’s ‘AntiPoems’. It is a visual expression of his ‘Anti’ idea – opposing conventions. The essence of the book was analysed and its components abstracted in order to re-define the conventional form of a typical book. Dimensions: Icosahedron: 15 x 17 x 19 cm / Book: 20,5 x 10,5 cmThe Antibook is part of the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Library artists’ book collection.

You can’t read the poems unless you destroy the book and create the paper sculptures.

I love it when form follows function.

BRB gathering the tiny scattered bits of my heart back.

How I wish when I’m all grown up I get to create such lovely things like those [with the help of my design-savvy friends, ‘cause no way can I do this alone, heh].

Also, I’m working on another WAR post on one of my favorite books [Alan Fletcher’s The Art of Looking Sideways] 🙂


86 Beautiful Book Covers

Look at ’em here.

See, ladies and gentlemen, I think that generally, the kinds of covers that normally “grace” the books of writers (at least those who do not make textbooks) in the Philippines are fug – there are a few exceptions, yes (Larry Ypil’s The Highest Hiding Place and Joel Toledo’s The Long Lost Startle top my pretty covers list right now)- but most are at best, mediocre.

If we had prettier-looking books, it would totally attract more attention (and garner more readers – I speak from experience that yes, people DO judge books by their covers; it’s the first thing you see). People are visual, after all – I wish more Philippine book designers and publishers considered this.