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Open Book on the Sidebar | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Open Book on the Sidebar

Open Book

Steady eddie from It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden

I appreciate books. Back in the design school days I had the opportunity to take a book arts class where I got to use real lead type that was then used to create a book that I bound w/ my own hands. That in part along w/ just appreciating typography helped set a foundation for taking an interest in the craft of books. That means the whole package; how does it read, what paper was chosen, what does it feel like, did the designer care about the content. The closest I got to actually designing a book was creating a annual reports which isn’t exactly the same thing. Now publishers send me books to review, sometimes I solicit them, other times they’re just sent to me. Getting books via my blog is one of a couple fringe benefits of publishing DesignNotes.

When I walk to work I divide my route by either taken Wooster or Greene street. They both have interesting things going on. On the days that I choose Greene street I’ll pass the Taschen bookstore. If I had a bookstore I would display just one book like they do. Most days they flip the page so chances are you’ll see something different each day. The likelyhood of me opening a bookstore in the near future is probably quite remote so I’m going to do the next best thing. I’m going to have a window display on my main sidebar of books I own. The focus will be on books that are sent to me but not entirely. I think the first page would be fitting to be from It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden. There’s no real criteria except for the fact that I found a particular spread to be interesting. Like everything else on this blog it’s an experiment that will be adjusted as time goes on.

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