European Book Covers

Grain Edit book covers

Wow! Great collection of European book covers from A Journey Round My Skull. So fun to look through. I love the balance of naiveté and compositional sophistication throughout these jackets. It’s amazing the depth that is achieved through simple illustrations and good color choices.

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We Need Your Questions

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Chronicle books recently released a book on concert posters designed by Jason Munn of The Small Stakes. We’re working on an interview with Jason in regards to the book and we thought we would open up the questions to our readers.

Please send us any questions you might have about Jason’s work or his new book. Use the contact form on our site to email us your question by 2pm Friday, May 7th. After we receive all the questions, Jason will go through the emails and select a handful of questions to answer. We’ll post his answers the following week.

Submit a question here.

ilovedust

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Great work from ilovedust, a UK-based design studio. The above work is a promo, which (I believe) references the fact one of their offices is located in a former butcher shop. (It sounds like they have the two coolest work spaces in all of graphic design.)

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Jan Feliks Kallwejt

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Wonderful illustration from Barcelona and Warsaw based designer Jan Feliks Kallwejt. The piece was created for a Polish daily newspaper that is devoted to business and economic issues. The white buildings form a jumping gazelle. I’m not sure how the newspaper used the illustration. Could some of our Polish readers fill us in?  Can’t say I would want to live near the rear end, it would bring new meaning to living in the “ass end ” of town.

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Ingela P Arrhenius Illustration

Ingela P Arrhenius, illustration, Sweden

This illustration from Sweden based illustrator, Ingela P Arrhenius, is a real hoot! It features a earthy colored owl with a geometrically patterned body against the cool colored tree and background. The composition is neat and symmetrical and it makes me feel like hiding in a tree for the day. Who’s in?

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The Silent Giants

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The Silent Giants, a two-man Michigan-based studio cooks up some sweet silent awesomeness. Although, given the fact that most of their work is music related, the name is more than a little ironic. If you’re like me, you’ve seen the Giants’ work before and not known it — in the form of the popular and stylish Ra Ra Riot album cover.

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Mark Shaw Photography

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Photo for Chevrolet/”New Yorker” magazine c1960

Svenska Mobler has a beautiful collection of photos from famed photographer Mark Shaw. Mark is best known for his photographs of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy and his work in capturing couture fashion from the middle of the century.  During the 1950s and early 1960s Mark shot the European fashion collections for LIFE magazine. It’s interesting to note that he was one of the first photographers to shoot fashion on the runways and backstage at shows.

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Aske/Sicksystems Design

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Typographics is where it’s at!

This illustration, designed for Computer Arts Projects, is by Moscow based artist Aske. Created for his personal art project titled Sicksystems, Aske playfully shows the various levels of typography…literally! He has a real knack for using interesting forms, bright colors, and celestial details in his work.

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Ty Wilkins Illustration

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Kansas based illustrator and designer, Ty Wilkins, has a keen eye for illustrating animals in a neat and refreshing way. This fox, one of the first in a series of animals, uses minimal geometrical shapes and rich hand painted textures. As a nod to his typographic interests, each illustration incorporates an asterisk, which adds visual charm. I wish I had this little guy as a pet!

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