For those of us who worship books for both their content and their covers, Penguin released a line of gorgeous little paperbacks celebrating Great Ideas. The slim volumes range from iconic classics, like Thomas Paine’s Common Sense to relative obscurities like Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life. The series includes delightful pairings (Michel de Montaigne’s On Friendship and William Hazlitt’s The Pleasure of Hating) and revives some lesser-known essays by great thinkers (Nietzsche’s Why I Am So Wise and Orwell’s Why I Write). Released last year in the UK, the books are just making their way into thoughtful US stores (including New York’s Three Lives & Co, where we discovered them).
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In his talk, “Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is,” Chip Kidd (a TED Books designer in his own right) gives a wonderfully concise description of what book cover designers do. He says, “My job is to ask this question: ‘What do stories look like?’” For David Shoemaker, the designer who made the […]
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