Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary (the Good, the Bad . . .) Paperback – Jun 29 2010
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About the Author
Chris Ware, an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist, has drawn for many publications, including The New York Times Magazine and The Chicago Reader. Ware’s most well-known work includes Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and the Acme Novelty Library series.
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The collection was edited by Paul Buckley, art director, who also worked as a designer and supervisor on most of the projects. They reflect his aesthetic, which is broad and comes down on the edgy side. He is very happy with the series of classics covers created by comics artists. For me, the designs created by tattoo artists were more successful in terms of giving the temperature of the book within. One of the reasons why this collection and Penguin covers in general succeed is Buckley's willingness to try nontraditional designers. David Byrne, author of The Bicycle Diaries, contributed his own drawing to his cover. Another artist won a contest run through Creativity Magazine. My favorite story is that of who produced the Twitterature cover. Apparently, young interns at Penguin get to do more than run the copy machine.
It's a visual feast for anyone and, if you're not aware of cover design issues, a brief education too. I still care more about the contents than the cover, but I now know much, much more about how covers are designed.
Additionally, as with every book about books I have read over the years, I found several that I haven't read or haven't heard about and that piqued my interest such as The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime and My Little Blue Dress by Bruno Maddox. If you love to browse books as I do, this will be a delightful way to spend an evening or two.