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I recently went to the following a AIGA/Art Center lecture on book design:

Stories About Book Design.*
http://www.aigalosangeles.org/events/archives/000479.php


Anne Burdick
Simon Johnston
Tracey Shiffman


It was a great event. We saw some great work and heard some really inspiring stories.

So, I wanted to know what the typophile community thought were some of the best designed books out there. Not “design or typography books”, but books on other fields or subjects. Also who do you think is doing good book design out there.



-j

Joshua Moore's picture
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anybody interested… ?

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Joshua

You shouldn’t have mentioned the word book in the same sentence as design.

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I disagree.

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You disagree about what?

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Joshua —

James Montalbano turned me on to Trout and Salmon of North America by Robert J. Behnke, designed by Charles Nix. Nix is a great book designer and this is a marvelous book. I don’t own it and I haven’t spent as much time as I’d like looking at it, but it’s on my list.

Percolator, out of Minneapolis, also does some nice book work. A Degree of Mastery: A Journey through Book Arts Apprenticeship, by Annie Tremmel Wilcox, is one of theirs that I enjoyed.

— Kent.

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Here’s a list of Dwiggins’ books (that he designed):

http://www.lib.umd.edu/RARE/SpecialCollection/dwiggins/annotatedinventory/part3.html

I was lucky enough to find a copy of “The Shaving of Shagpat” in New Orleans. Check Alibris.com and the other out-of-print book sites.

Barry Moser’s Bible is also very nice.

I also think Mr. Lew should have mentioned the book he features on his website. I’d like to get my hands on a copy.