Much has happened to the type and printing industries during what’s been called The American Century: wood type, with some exceptions, gave way to metal, which was surpassed by photo-type, and by the end of the 20th century all type was digital, what we now call “fonts.”
A funny thing happened, though. Generation Xers, and now millenials are infatuated with craft. Hell, there’s been a White House Maker Faire and the president declared June 18th National Day of Making. Almost in direct disproportion to the ubiquity of everything digital, hands-on, impressing ink into paper has become a national and international sensation.
Chronicle Books Creative Director Michael Carabetta pays a visit to the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Wisconsin to explore this letterpress phenomenon.
A must-read for aspiring book illustrators or artists: Chad Gowey’s behind-the-scenes post on creating the watercolor paintings for Lincoln Memorial: The Story and Design of an American Monument. Gorgeous and inspiring.
Each book that we design goes through multiple cover explorations and rounds of refinement before we ultimately land on a final cover. We solicit feedback from our editors, sales and marketing team, fellow designers, and of course, the author. We edit and refine each round in the hopes of developing the best cover possible. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the cover development process for our newly published book, Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of 50 Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff, by James Gulliver Hancock.
If you’ve graduated from 2nd grade, a macaroni necklace for mom isn’t going to cut it anymore. Here’s how to DIY a grown-up Mother’s Day gift inspired by Decorate With Flowers.