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Getting into Book Design

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BBC4: The Beauty of Books, featuring David Pearson

Last night BBC4 aired The Beauty of Books, an excellent programme about book cover design, made even more excellent by the appearance of one very handsome and rather articulate David Pearson (I know, amazing!). David waxes lyrical on 20th century cover design along with John Gray, Stephen Bayley and David Pelham (designer of the iconic Penguin paperback edition of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, pictured here). It was a perfect half hour, though we could have maybe done without the images of Pearson‘s distribution center.

Watch it on iPlayer until 7th March: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/z1z0d/

Last-minute Christmas gift ideas for book-lovers

Three sleeps ’til Christmas, and where are you at?
You’re putting off shopping, cursing the tat.
Perhaps we can help with a few good ideas,
Delivered in prose to spread Christmas cheer.

Something to treasure and squish in a stocking:

Treasure IslandTreasure Island
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Introduced by Kate Mosse
Beautiful, highly collectible pocket classics by White’s Books
Art Direction by David Pearson
£6.29 from Amazon

Something quite gruesome and really quite shocking:

127 Hours Book Jacket127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
By Aron Ralston
Tie-in with the recently released Danny Boyle film of the same name.
£4.48 from the Book Depository

Digital mania! Here are two brilliant apps:

malcolm tucker's iphoneMalcolm Tucker: The Missing Phone
Published for the iPhone by Faber
£3.99 from iTunes
mark kermode app ebookIt’s Only A Movie
by Mark Kermode
Published for the iPhone by Random House
£6.99 from iTunes

And a linguist’s companion by those hardworking hacks:

Guardian style by David Marsh and Amelia HodsdonGuardian Style
By David Marsh and Amelia Hodsdon
The latest edition of the editorial style guide for Guardian, Observer and guardian.co.uk
RRP £15.00 from the Guardian Bookshop

A great one for babies with art in their eyes:

Art for babyArt for Baby
Published by Templar books in support of the NSPCC
£8.19 from Amazon

And one for the brains who love QI:

The second book of general ignoranceThe Second Book of General Ignorance
By John Lloyd and John Michinson
Published by Faber, with an introduction by Stepehen Fry
£6.24 from Amazon

A foodies delight, full of taste sensations:

By Rebecca Seal
The best recipes from Observer Food Monthly, published by Guardian and Observer Books.
£17.50 from the Guardian Bookshop

And a guaranteed winner for hard-to-buy relations:

history of the world in 100 objectsA History of the World in 100 Objects
By Neil MacGregor
Companion book to the wonderful BBC Radio 4 Series of the same name.
£15 from Amazon (but be quick!)

London Book Fair 2010 here we come

artypeeps_troubadour_jonthan_perugia_rupert_jessopLast Wednesday (22 April) Artypeeps hosted a book design, illustration and photography exhibition at the Troubadour Gallery in Earls Court. This was a one-day event to coincide with the London Book Fair and it was the first exhibition by the Artypeeps collective.

The response from guests and visitors was overwhelmingly positive, with many people commenting on how refreshing it was to see the artistic side of book publishing gain more prominence.

We plan to repeat the exhibition next year but, in the meantime, stay tuned for details of the next Artypeeps event.

To view a full gallery of images see here: http://www.artypeeps.co.uk/events.html