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Posted in books, graphic design by thepaperwalls on February 26, 2009

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norwegian coastal steamer

Posted in books, graphic design, thrift by thepaperwalls on January 15, 2009

Great big thanks to Jessica for providing today’s eye candy:

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There’s the jacket  (above), and the actual book cover, front and back (below).

norwegiansteamerfrontcover    norwegiansteamerbackcover

Not to mention the inside cover…

norwegiansteamerinsidecover

This was an awesome surprise gift to get in the mail!  I love it.

grad school

Posted in books, graphic design by thepaperwalls on December 18, 2008

desaussure

americana

Posted in books, film, graphic design, thrift by thepaperwalls on December 16, 2008

Again in honor of gift-giving times, here’s a book that was given to me by the lovely Africia H. Before I even got to reading the film history inside, I was struck by the layouts of its pages:

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americanmovie76    americanmovie77

americanmoviegreed americanmoviehunter

Thanks again, Africia! There are some great stills in the book, little works of art in themselves.

Everett Aison, its designer, was also a screenwriter and director, an author, a designer of title sequences and film posters, and co-founder of the School of Visual Arts Film School.  That’s just the kind of multifaceted involvement in media, and film in particular, that I admire…

double d

Posted in books, graphic design, thrift by thepaperwalls on December 12, 2008

Perhaps my favorite find ever at Strand. A two-volume set of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot (in German). This is almost actual size:

dostoyevski  dostoyevski spines

If only I wasn’t foolish enough not to pick up the other books in the set because I had already read them…  Dumb broke college kid!

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Posted in art, books, thrift by thepaperwalls on December 11, 2008

This is my suggestion for those of you who are in similarly dire financial straits. It’s nothing new to me, but it may be to you, and thus, you may not know how to shop on a budget.  Here is afforable art at its best: independent, educational, accessible, and, yes, affordable.

I’m not normally a fan of semi-ironic celebrity portraiture, but I’ve been laughing over Aiyana Udesen’s “Drawing” book for years. This is why:

nelly cover nelly 2 nelly 3

nelly 6 nelly 10

The artist’s website, complete with examples of other books, is here.  The challenge comes in finding the book to purchase! I found it at both a local comic-book store, and a local bookstore.  So get away from the Internet for a moment and go look… it will make your gift more meaningful.

Of course, there’s also 20×200 for other affordable art, if you’re a bit lazy.

grrr

Posted in books, graphic design, thrift by thepaperwalls on December 5, 2008

Another bright, patterned German book cover to enjoy.

panter tiger     panter tiger spine     panter tiger back cover

insel

Posted in books, graphic design by thepaperwalls on December 3, 2008

Even with the dollar as weak as it is, books are more expensive for Germans.  Maybe that’s why they seem to put more effort into the design?  This series of small hardcovers from Insel Verlag makes me want to collect books I don’t even want to read.  Although the Böll one on the right is quite good, actually.

beethoven heinrich boll

zen hinde dickens kleist

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Posted in books, graphic design, thrift by thepaperwalls on December 1, 2008

These small, simply designed pocket books by one of the strongest writers of the past century were impossible to resist.  Perfect inside and out.  Even if one of them may have suffered a bit of wear inside a bag toted around NYC last month.

contents    nobody knows my name    another country

going to meet the man    fire next time back cover    fire next time