Earlier this summer we had the great pleasure of meeting the Lost Type crew during their Field Trip SF, where they went letter hunting in San Francisco’s Mission district. In the end, producing their first installment of Mission Script, designed by James T. Edmondson. While they were here, another Lost Type masterpiece was also in the making. Let me introduce to you DUDE by Daniel Gneiding. Dude is a robust slab serif with a remarkable twelve different styles—pretty unreal! We were definitely honored to play a part, contributing a spread to the Dude Type Specimen Book. Great job Daniel and everyone who contributed to the book.
This past year the AIGA set out to jury a set of 50 best-designed books and book covers of the year 2010. The results are, needless to say, some remarkable work by design shops and publishers big and small. Lucky for those of us here in San Francisco, the AIGA SF and Chronicle Books have teamed up to exhibit a selection of these beautifully crafted pieces. Come check out the exhibit and show opening Thursday March 29th at Chronicle Books, or stop by their offices to catch a glimpse anytime after that, through April 12, 2012.
Below is an edited selection of books and covers from the entire collection.
Driving down Highway 1, I couldn’t help but think of Eyvind Earle. Known mostly for his work on Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty,” a treasure in itself, his work has a stunning way of portraying mood and space.
I currently have the first image of this post set as my desktop. During our drive, I can’t tell you how many times we looked at each other and said, “It feels like we’re driving through the image on your computer.” As a huge fan of his work, I feel like he was able to capture the full beauty and drama of this area—not an easy task.
The man was also a machine. “The Complete Christmas Card Art of Eyvind Earle” is a beautiful (and massive) book that features over 800 designs he created during the 57-year period between 1938 and 1995. It will definitely be my next purchase, as soon as I don’t need a separate suitcase to carry it around with.
Although Aimee Gauthier is a Minneapolis transplant, it wasn’t until we hit San Francisco that we met her for the first time—through Celeste and Rob, at a little designer happy hour. She’s currently a design fellow at Chronicle Books, and she graciously invited us to take a tour.
I have to say, it seems like every other book I pick up turns out to be published by Chronicle. Their library of titles is amazingly diverse, and after touring the office you can see why: everywhere you look, there’s inspiration! Surrounding desks, scattered about the walls, filling up their libraries…it goes on and on. They are obviously committed to design, art and writing, and it shows. Thank you, Aimee, for such an amazing tour!