Category: design

Armchair BEA: A Question of Aesthetics

Posted May 12, 2016 by Lory in design, events / 22 Comments
Armchair BEA: A Question of Aesthetics

Today’s Armchair BEA topic is about aesthetics: what we think about the purely visual qualities of books, and also of our blogs. To what extent do looks matter to us? How do they affect our reading experience? Although I can look past the drawbacks of an ugly or poorly designed book if the content is […]

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March Magics: Bad cover art

Posted March 29, 2016 by Lory in design, events / 14 Comments
March Magics: Bad cover art

For a final March Magics post, I couldn’t resist Kristen’s invitation to share some of my favorite (for lack of a better word) bad cover art from the works of Terry Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones. One sometimes wonders whether the art department is actively trying to lower sales with their wildly horrific concoctions.   […]

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Author Guest Post: The Lover’s Path

Posted June 24, 2015 by Lory in blog tours, design, reviews / 6 Comments
Author Guest Post: The Lover’s Path

Hard on the heels of the Dante-inspired In a Dark Wood, I had the opportunity to join in the blog tour for The Lover’s Path, which is spreading the word about new electronic editions of a beautiful “illustrated novella of Venice” by author-artist Kris Waldherr. This atmospheric story of forbidden romance is complemented by brief […]

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Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part Three

Posted July 4, 2014 by Lory in design / 2 Comments
Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part Three

After a brief hiatus, we’re back to Jane Austen with the third part of a series looking at different illustrated editions of her six novels. (Click here for Part One, and here for Part Two.) Today’s volumes under consideration are not as striking as some of the others, but they have a quiet charm of […]

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Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part Two

Posted June 20, 2014 by Lory in design / 8 Comments
Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part Two

This is Part Two of my series covering different illustrated editions of the six novels of Jane Austen. For Part One, click here. My earliest Austen acquisition was the 2007 Folio Society edition of Emma, illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat, which I purchased as part of my membership renewal. This is one of three matching Austen […]

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Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part One

Posted June 13, 2014 by Lory in design / 8 Comments
Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part One

In my book collecting this year, I went a little nuts. I already owned Jane Austen’s Emma in the most recent Folio Society edition (illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat), but a few months ago the FS published a new edition of Pride and Prejudice with fabulous illustrations by Elena and Anna Balbusso and I just had […]

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From Austen to Atwood: The art of the Balbusso sisters

Posted May 9, 2014 by Lory in design / 4 Comments
From Austen to Atwood: The art of the Balbusso sisters

Eugene Onegin The Handmaid’s Tale The artwork of Anna and Elena Balbusso first caught my eye in the Folio Society catalog, with their stunning illustrations for two very different books, Alexander Pushkin’s classic novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin and Margaret Atwood’s modern dystopian nightmare The Handmaid’s Tale. Then I noticed that they were the cover artists for […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten book covers

Posted May 6, 2014 by Lory in design, lists / 18 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten book covers

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish, is “Top ten book covers I’d frame as pieces of art.” I love beautiful book covers, so this was a fun list to create! Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order).     1. I love the work of […]

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