Good Book Design: “Trust Your Gut”

For the past few years those in the publishing arena have been bemoaning the demise of print, claiming e-devices will take over. Thankfully that hasn’t happened, and it likely never will. According to an article in the March 2 issue of Forbes, “ebooks make up only an estimated 23% of the $35 billion dollar industry–and Pew Research reports that just 4% of Americans are e-book only.” People still like the tactile qualities of books and they put their money on it.

Penguin Books creative director, Paul Buckley, says, “Originally there was reason to worry, but that worry is a thing of the past. It has become clear that most titles will sell in both mediums, and neither will destroy the other. Print lives another day!”

There are many factors leading to a successful book, marketing, shelf presence, good cover design, and of course, content. But what makes a successful cover design and what is the role of design and paper selection in the book buying decision? I asked Buckley to weigh in. Read the rest of the article here.

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Cover design: Buckley; Illustration: Shout (Alessandro Gottardo); printed on Neenah Paper.

Visiting the Streets of Old Detroit

Time travel was never so easy, if you’re in Detroit, that is.

The Detroit Historical Museum has a permanent exhibition called The Streets of Old Detroit, which leads visitors through the city starting in 1840 then moving through six decades as it transforms from a rural frontier town to an industrial giant. The themes of industry, commerce, communication and retail are explored with facades of actual businesses such as a barber shop, hat shop, printer, blacksmith, and more, complete with cobblestone streets and gas lights. Read more here.

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