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Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Microscope and the Eye

Design by Isaac Tobin

Designer Isaac Tobin sent this in awhile back. The color, the layout, the slight distressed treatment and the type all suggest old monograph -- appropriate given the subject matter. Isaac, if you're reading: I'm wondering if you tried this with an illustration of the eye that was more scientifically accurate, and if so, why you went with the simpler, more iconic eye?

10 comments:

mog said...

The detailed picture of the microscope and the simple, iconic picture of the eye do seem to contrast quite a bit. But I like it. And having a "real" eyeball on the cover of the book would be gross.

David Drummond said...

I like the contrast with the more modern eye - it works. Nice cover.

Sergio said...

Maybe it's just been too long since I was in science class.... But "microscope" didn't read for me. (I thought telescope at first glance.) A more modern scope, with those familiar "hunched shoulders", might have helped.

That said, really fantastic cover. Sensibility and pitch are dead on.

Isaac Tobin said...

Thanks! I actually drew the iconic eye as a placeholder, intending to replace it with a period-appropriate engraving. However, when I brought in an engraving, I found that I didn't like it as much as the original. I think it was just a bit flat without the contrast in styles.

It was pretty difficult to find a microscope from the right period (1740–1870) that still read clearly as a microscope. My first comp used a microscope from 1890 that looked great, but I thought it was important to be as historically accurate as possible. Most of the microscopes from that era look even less like contemporary microcopes (they often had fixed vertical scopes). The author actually found the final microscope image. FYI, the title is fully written in text on the spine, and a book like this will almost always get displayed spine out.

Isaac Tobin said...

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Cocobarks said...

Isaac, I am a great fan of shameless self promotion. Thank you for the link to your site. I enjoyed it very much.

Cheers!

Ian Shimkioviak said...

The eye begs to be in the same illustrative style in my opinion.

There needs to be a logical follow through of why it is done that way.

The only one I can come up with and in that case would justify it all would be "A History".

picky picky said...

I think this is one of the better covers on this sight.

The eye reads like a cut out to the front page to me,

I love it!

Anonymous said...

I like the eye!

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