douglas wilson

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I have been doing a great deal of reading this summer and I am currently reading the fascinating Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City. Recommended by my wife after she heard this NPR Story, it chronicles Henry Ford's attempt to establish his own rubber plantation and suburban American city in the heart of the Amazon forest.

It shows what happens when unlimited money collides with raw nature and I highly recommend the book.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pulp Paperback Diorama Photographs

Thomas Allen constructs dioramas using figures cut from the covers of old pulp paperbacks and then photographs them. Great stuff!

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Book Colophon Imprints

Aaron again links up a great set of imprint logos from the colophons of old paperback books.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Harry Potter Book Cover Redesign

I'm not a fan of fantasy books, but these fictional book covers for Harry Potter might just make me want to read them!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Great War Book Jackets

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hi-Fi Literature

A great collection of Hi-Fi Stereo manuals and literature - Hi-Fi Lit.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Book Cover Design Blog

Have you ever wondered what goes into a book cover? Henry Sene Yee shows his process (as well as his good results) in his book cover design blog.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Adrian Frutiger: The Complete Works

Arguably the most important type-related book of the decade has been released: Adrian Frutiger - Typefaces. The Complete Works.

When I first read about this book, I literally yelled in excitement. Yes, I am that much of a nerd.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Penguin Classic Horror Book Covers

The Penguin Blog (which is always good) has a post about their recent super-awesome covers for their classic horror books. It shows work in progress as well as a video interview with the designer. Really stunning work.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Library Like No Other

I really can't find the words to explain Jay Walker's personal library.

Except that I physically lust for his collection.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Book Cover Blog

Henry Sene Yee runs a very nice book cover design blog showing his work and the process of designing book covers.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Nikki Farquharson

Nikki Farquharson makes some really nice work. Especially (and I wish I could like to it directly) her book entitled "Cock. Bull. Story." She breaks down common idioms and phrases into three words, but somehow, you can still get the entire point of the phrase.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Gashlycrumb Tinies

I just found my all-time favourite story by Edward Gorey - The Gashlycrumb Tinies - online!

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Alvin Lustig Book Jackets

Can you ever look at too many Alvin Lustig book covers? The answer is no.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

I Want to be a Coal Miner

Being an avid collector of mid-century childrens books, I instantly fell in love with "I Want to be a Coal Miner."

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Penguin Great Ideas Volume III Covers

I know this has been all over the internet, but Penguin's set of "Great Ideas Volume III" books are now out with some really fantastic covers. The above is my favourite by far but this one is really good as well.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Charley Harper

The fantastic modernist illustrator and artist, Charles Harper, is one of my most favorite artists of the era. Beautiful work. Fantastic abstraction. Wonderful colors. I love it all!

If you have a coffee table looking for a friend, you should purchase this amazing/giant book edited by Todd Oldham.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Penguin Books + Nicholas Felton = Great New Work

SwissMiss has directed me to a great new book designed by Nicholas Felton. Nice information and beautiful type!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008


Wow. I love collecting things, and this photoset by Glen Mullaly makes me want to keep it up! Also, check out his vintage book covers.

Via p+p.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pop-Up Type Book by Marion Bataille

Frank Chimero: The States

Wow, I can't believe I haven't yet posted about this! My good friend, Frank Chimero, is currently creating an illustration of each state of our blessed Union. Nice, smart, and clever - as always.

Frank also has a book of his illustrations that you should purchase.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

The History of Visual Communication

Wonderfully ambitious, The History of Visual Communication is a great resource for people that foolishly sold their Philip Megg's book after college.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Custom-Engraved Moleskines

Your favourite Moleskine notebook + your artwork + laser-engraving machine = super-cool custom Moleskine that will make any designer or indie-scenester jealous.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Nina Katchadourian

Monday, December 24, 2007

Maira Kalman

How can I describe Maira Kalman? She is a fascinatingly original, simple-minded (in the best sense of the term) creative illustrator, story-teller, speaker, and day dreamer that lives and creates in New York City.

She recently came out with a new book entitled "The Principals of Uncertainty" (based on a series she did for the New York Times) which I just finished reading. I would recommend that everyone pick up this book and read it in one sitting!

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Human Body and How It Works

Thanks to Frank, here is a great Flickr set of Vintage Science Book Illustrations. I have a bunch of these I need to scan in!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Space Alphabet

I ffffound this great little book called "Space Alphabet" with illustrations by Peter P. Plasencia.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Amazing Madness.

Pretty much, Brian Dettmer makes mad-crazy book art. That is all you need to know.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Books. Beautiful Books.

If you are a book nerd like myself, these photos will induce a serious amount of drool. So have a handkerchief ready.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Again, simple and beautiful.

These bookends are so great! Simple and obvious - makes me want to punch myself in the face, but in a good way.

This link was shamefully stolen from a nice new blog called pica+pixel.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

rainy afternoon happiness = whimsy and colour

You must check out the work of Miroslav Sasek - an amazing Czech illustrator that did the great "This is..." childrens book series. His whimsical illustrations are some of my most favourite of all mid-century illustrators. Also, having visited many of these cities, it is a wonderful way to remember them - even if I wasn't there in the 1960's.

If (or when) I find out that we are having a child, I will buy every book in this series.


This is.. on Wiki
His official website
And one more...

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