I love finding well designed beer labels and packaging. Better yet, I love finding sites that find them for me! Oh Beautiful Beer is a simple, well-designed tumblr style image blog that “celebrates remarkable graphic design from the world of beer.”
Book covers, I’ve noticed, are becoming increasingly more attractive. While you can’t necessarily judge a book by its cover, an eye-catching cover is a great way to get someone’s attention. Often, when I want to pick up something new, I wander around a bookstore looking for something that looks visually interesting. I find a cover that appeals to me, read the synopsis, and if it sounds awesome I’ll get it. Covers definitely play an important role in that initial attraction to an unfamiliar book or series.
Recently, there’s been a pretty big influx of redesigned book covers in bookstores. My favorite, unsurprisingly, are the new Song of the Lioness covers:
I need to resist the urge to buy the whole set again just for shiny new covers (I already have three sets). Seriously. I’m kind of obsessed.
Anyway, Tamora Pierce books aside, I recently came across this gallery of recently redesigned book covers, and damn, they look good! Here are a few examples:
Does anyone else have any book covers recently redesigned that you like?
If these are every actually made, sign me up!
I love finding great typography on buildings. The older, the better. Northampton in particular has a lot of this — look around you downtown and you’ll see examples everywhere. There are many faded signs on buildings all around town, including right across from my own workplace. I’ll take some more pictures some time and post them up.
This particular example is right next to Thornes. I’m pretty sure there used to be a sign over it, since I only just recently noticed this. Love the lettering and the details.
Hand-painted advertising in general is a fascinating, dying art. If you’re interested in learning about it, check out Ghost Signs: The Dying Art of Hand-Painted Advertisements.
(sorry for the quality — cellphone pic!)
I was walking into town from work other day when I noticed this poster tacked up. It immediately caught my attention! Love the typography, first of all (Archer is so sexy), and the overall silhouetted/banner style is great. Definitely a big step up from most other concert posters I see around town. It’s very professional and “designed” looking.
Edit: Designer found! Poster courtesy of Matt Fleming at http://www.blackt-shirt.com/.