Judging a book by its cover and other stories

Cover art for Building Stories by Chris Ware

Building Stories

Creative news that struck our fancy this week:

Book design: If you know me, you know that I read. A lot. And very often I choose those books based on the appeal–and feel–of their covers. Compelling cover art (graphics and paper stock) will draw me in every time. (Proof that apps and retina displays are still no substitute for a real book.)  Just by chance, while looking for something else, I found this slideshow in the NYT featuring the favorite book covers of graphic designers around the world. Their comments are instructive and their choices are too.

Graphics myths: In his provocative new book, Popular Lies about Graphic Design, British designer and art director Craig Ward shows that everything we thought we knew about design (from comic sans to longer deadlines and cheapskate budgets) is most likely wrong. Or at least deserves a second, more informed thought.

Better work: For those who dread Mondays or feel trapped in agencies/firms that don’t inspire, this piece from Co.Design is a tonic and provides six ways to save your sanity and your creative soul, starting with: “Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.” (A phrase that resonates on so many levels!)

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