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

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Posted in art, graphic design by thepaperwalls on January 16, 2009

Calendars are usually purchased in December or January, as resolutions are fresh and the ideas of new beginnings inspire optimism.  This one seemed perfectly suited to my new year’s needs: crazy scientists, climbers, runners, experimenters, volcanos and metal structures…  See for yourself:

calendar  calendar

And the calendar itself is perfectly tiny in comparison. I found this little letterpressed inspiration at oddball press.

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…

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

january

Posted in graphic design by thepaperwalls on January 14, 2009

california union pacific

They aren’t kidding.  It was 83 degrees today in Los Angeles. I ate ice cream outside in a T-shirt on my lunch break, but it is January.  No wonder certain people are in denial about their age out here… years pass so vaguely when the seasons are amorphous.

The ad is from the August 1947 issue of The Atlantic.

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!

ink spots

Posted in graphic design, thrift by thepaperwalls on December 10, 2008

I do wish that the records within this sleeve were not warped and scratched, but for $1 it seemed worth it just to see this:

ink spots

These days I can just download the tunes anyway,  pull out the damaged goods from the sleeves and pretend they’re what I’m hearing.  A simulated experience, yes, but it’s a recording either way, no?

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seasonal

Posted in graphic design by thepaperwalls on December 9, 2008

When you live in Los Angeles, but grew up in a colder climate, you need to put a little more effort into it to really feel any holiday spirit.  A high of 80 degrees is predicted for tomorrow.  That still doesn’t spell December to me.  Now, strings of lights do.

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The package above is from 1929, while the same product was sold in packages like the one below during World War II.

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According to this site, certain inks were in short supply during the war, so packages would be made using duller or more unusual colors.  Oddly, Uncle Sam is replaced by Santa on the wartime box as well.  Looks like deliberate seasonal packaging to contemporary eyes…

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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