Asterios Polyp was artist David Mazzucchelli ’s (Daredevil “Born Again,” Batman “Year One”) near decade in the making, masterful return to comics. Epic in myth and metaphor while deceivingly simple in style and scope. A story about a ruined academic fleeing far a field to ruminate about his failed life and marriage. Its true themes question the implied false dichotomy of classical duality, the interconnectedness of humanity and our failure to empathize or understand the lives of others. (more…)
Mental Arithmetic, republished by The Macmillan Company in 1913 (first published in 1908), was gifted to my mom 30 years ago by a fellow co-worker and educator. It is one in a series that focus on primary methods of math computation. The book’s authors—John W. Hopkins, Superintendent of Galveston Schools and P. H. Underwood, a teacher of mathematics at Galveston’s Ball High School—include a statement of intent in the preface. The purpose of this collection of arithmetic problems, to be completed mentally, “is to enable pupils to perform the simple computations which occur daily in business life, to introduce them to the art of reasoning, and to train them to think on their feet.”
The pages contain a beautiful and interesting arrangement of numbers and words. One of the previous owners has inserted solutions to equations, one-by-one, filling margins and gutters on many pages. At times where there was a lack of space, directional arrows swirl about to point to corresponding answers. It’s fun to see books come to life in this way.
With Halloween right around the corner, I figured it would be fitting to share this beautiful edition of ¿Mamá?, the Spanish version of the monster filled pop-up book Mommy by Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks and Matthew Reinhart. Coincidentally our two-year old daughter has requested us read it every night for the past two weeks, inquiring with every page turn who each monster is and what they are.
I have a lot of notebooks. Most of them I refuse to write in. Recently I came across a few of these empty notebooks of my parents and a couple other lovely office items I’ve kept for the past twenty or so years. The details of which have indirectly inspired Print Prologue, a series of small-run notebook editions and website we’ve been working on. It’s interesting how the things that we love leave an imprint on our subconscious. (more…)
What started as a simple notebook project has slowly developed into a series of small-run notebook editions, a web-based guide and a future app for the creative community. All dedicated to the act of designing for small-format and honoring the details that make print design unique.
Here’s a peek of what’s on the way.