Thursday, December 31, 2009

18th Century Spiders

This post on BibliOdyssey has some great insect and spider illustrations by August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof
"August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof (1705-1759) was a German descendent of Austrian nobility and showed an early aptitude for painting. Following an apprenticeship with his artist-uncle and further study at the Academy of Nuremberg, Rösel obtained an appointment at the royal court in Copenhagen painting portraits and miniatures."

The above makes much more sense when flipped:

Here are a couple of my own spider portraits from my To Know the Spiders project:

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Daily Book Graphics #290 / Speedball Textbook

©1960, 1965 / Lettered by Raymond DaBoll / This booklet is a window into the way things were in the pre-digital world. Mad Men has had me thinking about this era in design production.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Daily Book Graphics #286 / Rhodesia

This is an 800 page book published by the Federal Information Department of Rhodesia in 1960. Until now everything I knew about Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) came from Doris Lessing's novel the Grass is Singing and a chilling piece in The New Yorker that described the atrocities of the Bush War (1964-1977). This book was written to promote Rhodesia as a nation (technically it never became a recognized state), on the rise under white minority rule. Things did not work out. It's impossible to look at this book without being creeped out by the self-delusion that led the white Rhodesians to think that 280,000 whites ruling over 6 million non-whites was a sustainable arrangement.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Daily Book Graphics #283 / Malignant Stars

I like the genre icons. ©1960 / Jacket Design: Sydney Butchkes

Friday, December 11, 2009

Daily Book Graphics #282 / Vasarely

Cover 1st page

Cover 2nd page

Cover 2nd page

This is a catalog for a Victor Vasarely show at The Pace Gallery October 9–November 3, 1965. It's a one-color job but they use a variety of paper stocks to make you forget that. Design: Total Color NYC

Wednesday, December 9, 2009