Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fun Design! Totally Offensive!

A little musical play and lyrics book brought to my attention by my good friend, Jason McGill:

Does the fun orange moon background and the beautiful illustration of the woman take a backseat to how offensive this seems? Can you even get into the military if you have a stutter?

Jason suggested that I redesign this. But I have a better idea. I'd like to see how YOU would redesign this. Create a design changing the cover of "K-K-K-Katy" and email it to prettydeadtrees@gmail.com. You won't win anything but you'll get your work posted on Pretty Dead Trees in the near future! 

I Look forward to seeing what you got!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Book 2, Update: Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

So you may have noticed that I've posted book 3 before the reimagining of book 2, Another Roadside Attraction. No, you didn't miss it. I just haven't done it yet!

In my defense, I've hit one of those good problems with this book: too many great ideas. I've been thinking about what I'd like to focus on but keeping it simple. Keep in mind that these were the things discussed in the novel (in no particular order):

- a roadside hot dog stand with 30' X 9' sign -
- a flea circus -
- Jesus -
- a white man who has taken on an African Tribal lifestyle (see animal skins, filed teeth, etc.) -
- a woman who goes into trances and has visions -
- an anthropomorphic baboon -
- mushrooms -
- a black-ops, militant section of the Vatican -
- butterflies -
- a rock n' roll circus -
- a child named Thor with electric blue eyes -
- endangered garter snakes -
- the 60's counter culture -
- etc. -

I think I've finally figured out what direction I'm going to go in and will be working on the cover this weekend. Be sure to check back next week for the update!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Book 3, Original Art: VOX by Nicholson Baker

Published by Vintage Contemporaries, Copyright 1993; Original Cover Design by Eric Leonard

"Jim and Abby meet over the phone when they both dial one of those 976 party lines that are advertised in adult magazines. After some exploratory small talk, they retire to the electronic "back room" for a more intimate chat. Baker has written a novel that remaps the territory of sex--solitary and telephonic, lyrical and profane, comfortable and dangerous. Written in the form of a phone conversation between two strangers, Vox is an erotic classic that places the author in the first rank of America's major writers."

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Nightingales of Troy: Great Book Cover

Being that I work for Books on the Square, a independent bookstore in Providence, RI, I get the opportunity to preview and review books before they come out. A current collection of stories I'm reading (that's being released in July 2008) is The Nightingales of Troy by Alice Fulton. While I'll be reviewing the book at a later time and place, I'd love to share the cover with you:

This beautiful cover was created by Kimberly Glyder, a designer out of Philadelphia.

This collection of short stories follows four generations of women (from great grandmother to great granddaughter) and the intriguing stories that connect them all. This cover perfectly reflects each story with the old clip art images on weathered pieces of paper each connected by a subtle dotted line. I also must commend Ms. Glyder on her use of fonts and decorative pieces (especially the adornment emanating from the bird).

I'm really enjoying this book so far. Be sure to check it out when it's released next month.

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