September 4, 2009

To be fond of ; to like ; to have good will toward ; to delight in, with preëminent affection.

Posted in art, bookbinding, books, coveting, illustration, Inspiration, letterpress, printing, production, Typesetting, typography, Video at 1:14 pm by India

Deprecated!

India, Ink., has moved. The live version of this post is now located at http://ink.indiamos.com/2009/09/04/to-delight-in-with-preeminent-affection/. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Love.

Chronicle Books had only a dummy of the trade edition at BEA, but the book is out now. (Buy it through Indiebound.)
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August 25, 2009

My Kind of Town

Posted in art, books, education, Inspiration, letterpress at 5:19 pm by India

CCBP nameplate

Last week I went to Chicago for two days, to see what there was to see. I had lunch with Maia Wright, a now-even-more-cherished visitor to this blog, and spent an afternoon tooling around with Sheila Ryan, whom I also originally met in the comments here and who led me over to my blog-away-from-home, Clusterflock. In between these two planned and much anticipated treats, a friend hooked me up with an impromptu personal tour of the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, led by Clifton Meador, who—in addition to making his own gorgeous books—directs the MFA program there.
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July 13, 2009

from the Guardian

Posted in art, bookbinding, books, Design, illustration, Inspiration at 12:44 pm by India

They’ve been doing a lot of nifty slide shows at the Guardian. Here are four recent ones:

  1. British Library launches online newspaper archive

    We Buy False Teeth

    As you may have guessed, I love this kind of stuff. Unfortunately, the archive website’s not working—at least, for me. I click on links and get nothing but error messages. I’ve written to Gale’s tech support, but I’d be interested to know if the site’s working for other people, especially those in the UK.

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July 10, 2009

Vanessa Davis, computer whiz and more!

Posted in art, Drawing, illustration, Work at 12:57 pm by India

Vanessa Davis, computer whiz

The charming and talented Vanessa Davis has a new comic about past jobs, good and bad, over at Tablet, which is Nextbook’s reconceived, redesigned, and mostly restaffed* online magazine: Vocation, All I Ever wanted!

Vanessa’s also, after a long period of dormancy, reorganized and relaunched her own website, Spaniel Rage. With a blog and everything! Yay!

* Yes, yes, I’m going to clean out my office today, finally, I promise.

(Cross-posted at Clusterflock.)

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Update, 7/16: There’s a great interview with Vanessa over at Largehearted Boy: Antiheroines: Vanessa Davis

January 9, 2009

We love Vanessa Davis so much

Posted in art, art direction, Drawing, humor, illustration, Work at 3:50 pm by India

at my workplace that we asked her to do a monthly column. The first installment was posted today:

Vanessa Davis, 'Stranger in a Strange Land'

Vanessa also did a holiday comic for us that I was too frazzled to blog when it went up: Crispy Christmas.

November 29, 2008

Weapons of mass respiration

Posted in art, books, Off-topic, technology, Video at 1:50 pm by India

Edith Kollath’s show is at Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, until December 14. Read at NYC Resistor about the zany TSA adventure she had when she tried to take these books to Germany for a show.

Via Bre Pettis, who made the above video.
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October 26, 2008

Do circuit diagrams count?

Posted in art, community, Drawing, illustration at 2:43 am by India

DrawMo! thumbnails

Yes, folks, once again it’s that magical time of year: only six days until DrawMo! 2008!

Who: People of the Internets
What: Try to make at least one drawing a day for a month
Where: Offline, online, on blogs, on Flickr, wherever
When: November 1–30
Why: Because it’s fun

To join the DrawMo! group blog, send me an e-mail or leave a comment here or there. You can also join the Flickr group.

I have no idea how I’m going to make time for it this year, since I’m already, like, totally overscheduled, but I’ll certainly try.

September 22, 2008

Bookuleles

Posted in art, bookbinding, books, Inspiration at 2:06 pm by India

bookulele

I love to make books and I love to play the ukulele. Can I put these two loves together? Can I make a book out of a uke?

Holy moly.

From The Ukulele Books of Peter and Donna Thomas, via Ukulele Hero, via Dylan.

September 5, 2008

Maira Kalman’s Tel Aviv

Posted in art, art direction, illustration, Work at 12:58 pm by India

detail of an illustration by Maira Kalman - bookstore in Tel Aviv

This here, my friends, is art direction at its finest: I ask an artist I’m all fawny over if she wants to draw something for us, she very kindly says yes, and then I don’t lift another finger (well, except to digitize five gouache paintings, which was a nontrivial task given their size, my mediocre scanner, and the fact that the text was written on separate tracing paper overlays). If only I could get paid for doing this.

Oh, wait . . .

Go see “My Tel Aviv” by Maira Kalman. As one of our senior editors just opined, it “KICKS ASS!”

May 13, 2008

Fore-edge books

Posted in art, books, illustration, Inspiration at 3:41 pm by India

Had you heard of fore-edge paintings? I hadn’t. From Karen at hangingtogether.org:

During Merrilee’s and my visit to the Boston Public Library last Friday, Tom Blake and Maura Marx introduced us to the results of the BPL’s digitization of its fore-edge books—books with paintings on their edges that can be viewed only by looking at the sides of the book. Some are “double fore-edge” books – one painting is visible when the leaves are fanned one way, and another painting appears when fanned another way.

The BPL has posted a CC-licensed Flickr set of fore-edge paintings with detailed captions. Love!

Thanks, Dylan!

Photo: [View of London Bridge.] posted by the Boston Public Library; some rights reserved.

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