Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Daily Book Graphics #1018

Can't seem to find the date for this edition / Design Roy Kuhlman

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Daily Book Graphics #1015

©1961 / Design: Ellen Raskin  

This book belonged to Milton Rogovin, a well known social documentary photographer who lived most of his life in Buffalo (where I live). He died just over a year ago at the age 101, the New York Times obituary is worth reading, he led a remarkable life. I met him a few times around town, he was still getting out with some help in a wheel chair at age 100. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Emperor & Galilean Poster

I recently designed a poster for Torn Space Theater's production of Ibsen's Emperor & Galilean. My friend Neil Wechsler did the adaption. I previously designed the cover for the book of Neil's play Grenadine for Yale Press.

Daily Book Graphics #1009


Monday, February 13, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The New Frazer/Montague Site is Up

I recently re-designed the website for Frazer/Montague Design (the graphic design arm of the Montague Projects empire). Check it out.

Daily Book Graphics #1002


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Daily Book Graphics #1001

©1968 / I previously posted from this series in DBG #389 (below)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Daily Book Graphics on 50 Watts & But Does it Float

Will (from the fantastic 50 Watts, formerly A Journey Around My Skull) has created two posts using images from the Daily Book Graphics Project on 50 Watts and But Does it Float. It's very interesting to see the curatorial choices he makes.

Daily Book Graphics #1000

As of Daily Book Graphics #1000, I have posted 1,749 images, 1,081 of them book covers.

I haven’t noted any of the milestones in the Daily Book Graphics Project, but somehow hitting 1000 posts seems significant. I started this project on February 21st in 2009 with the intention of doing it for a year. The idea for DBG was borrowed from my friend Michael Kelleher who started his Aimless Reading Project (on his Pearlblossom Highway blog) in early 2009. He was, and still is, going through his library alphabetically and writing something about each book. My idea was to go through the books I owned and scan the graphics and covers I found interesting. I wanted to liberate these images from the shelf. However, digging through books every day and scanning multiple images takes a lot of time so I pretty quickly started to focus on covers. It didn’t take long for me to run out of my own books so I began buying more from thrift stores and charity book sales. The thrill of the hunt is one of the driving forces behind this project. I also feel strongly that everything I post as part of the project is from a book that I physically encounter. I think that if I were to collect images from the web it would be a very different project. I try not to spend more than a dollar per book, but if I find something amazing, or by a designer I collect (Rudolph deHarak, John + Mary Condon) I may go as high as $5.

Doing this for the last three years has been an education in graphic design. Not that I wasn’t fairly well educated to start with, but I think my eye has become much more sensitive. I didn't intend to have the project focus on a particular era, the concentration on 1950 to 1980 emerged somewhat organically as I sorted out what I felt was worth posting. Luckily, the time spent soaking in the mid-century aesthetic led directly to me designing the faux books (under the Secondary Occupants/Collected & Observed project umbrella), that are now an important part of my art practice.

So thanks to everyone who follows the blog and the Flickr feed, I have no plans to stop any time soon. And thanks to all the like-minded book bloggers and Flickr posters, collectively we are building an incredible graphic design archive. 

So here is the actual DBG #1000, it’s my favorite kind of thing, a spare modernist design for a book about an esoteric natural history subject.

©1968 / Not sure about the design credit, but the illustrations are by Ernst Wälti.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Quick Note About #1000

I'm not going to post the 1000th Daily Book Graphics post until tomorrow. I've been really busy and I want to do it right. So check back on the 7th.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Daily Book Graphics #997

©1976 / Credit reads: Cover Photo by: Greg Wozney, John Gruen