The stunning Nabokov Collection (art directed by John Gall), a series of 21 new book covers from prominent designers.
Nabokov was a passionate butterfly collector, a theme that has cropped up on some of his past covers. The idea was also a play on this concept. Each cover consists of a photograph of a specimen box, the kind used by collectors like Nabokov to display insects. Each box would be filled with paper, ephemera, and insect pins, selected to somehow evoke the book’s content.
(via Design Observer)
Some people sort their books alphabetically by title or author, others according to the theme or style, while still others base the organization on color or size. There is no ideal system as organizing based on the one perspective always causes chaos in terms of the other. kaos makes productive use of this disorder: books are stored in little groups, which makes it possible for various organizing systems to exist alongside one another. The result is a three-dimensional picture composed of books – unpredictable and, by principle, chaotic.
I am pretty sure this is the same Alban Schelbert that Varvara and myself met whilst out in Amsterdam last summer, if so, hes a really nice chap, and as for his work, well its all amazing!
Manystuff have been posting a few times recently about the various printing presses around that use a Risograph printing machine. One of whom being the AA in London. Has given me a real kick up the ass, as Elliot and myself have our own Riso and bought a domain name etc in order to set up a mini printing press under the name of Black Box, but haven’t had chance to do it. I’ll post some more about it when we finally get around to doing it, in the mean-time, if anybody has anything they want printing in red or black, A4 and smaller then don’t hesitate to contact me.
These are two of the presses Manystuff mentioned:
“Bedford Press is a small-scale, fully functioning printing press and publisher operating out of the Architectural Association. The aim of the press is to integrate the publication of printed materials into the AA Print Studio’s existing focus on generating content, editing and design…
The hope is that the influence of Bedford Press will quickly extend into the academic and intellectual life of the school, playing a key role as a protagonist of future publication initiatives. Bedford Press was founded in 2008 and is operated by AA Art Director Zak Kyes, Wayne Daly, Claire McManus and Phill Clatworthy under the auspices of the Architectural Association.”
“Rollo Press™ is a small print studio located in Zürich and is operated by Urs Lehni since the beginning of 2008. The only printing machine available is an old Risograph GR 3770. Rollo Press™ aims to produce printed matter with friends and accomplices in a way that includes all steps of the process: from concept to design on to printing, binding and distribution. It’s like in William Morris’ “Art and Its Producers”: To own the means of production is the only way to gain back pleasure in work, and this, in return, is considered as a prerequisite for the production of (applied) art and beauty.”
Black Box Press has been launched by myself and Elliot. We have printed 2 real nice jobs and have another couple in the pipe line. Stay tuned for the new website coming soon. If you’re interested in printing something on our Riso CR1610 then please do not hesitate to get in touch.