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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Designing for Cultural Influence

The Big Rewind designed by Jason Heuer
Everything Bad Is Good for You designed by Keenan

I post these next to each other -- or rather, on top of each other -- with no snarky intention. Jason Heuer is a friggin' rock star. But in both cases, and with very different books (Rabin's is a funny/sad memoir; Johnson's is sociological analysis), TV is the go-to design trope for popular culture. Should it be?

According to Homer, it's an uphill battle:


mackproject said...

That first book actually looks like something I might be interested in reading, but design-wise, it's not the best thing I've seen you cover.

Do you ever go back and review classic literature? Because I've seen some reprinted and original books with very interesting covers. For example, The Catcher in the Rye's carousel cover and Fahrenheit 451's burning man cover come to mind. Also, Brave New World's original cover and most of Franz Kafka's works, regardless of printing have really great designs.

Joseph said...

Mackproject: I don't exclude covers like that out of principle, but I tend not to feature them. Or at least I haven't in the past. There's so much new stuff, and that's what I focus on.

Anonymous said...

Everything Bad is Good For You is classic Keenan

Joseph said...

Thanks. I've seen this book a bajillion times but never knew who designed it.

Tropolist said...

Could someone describe the content of the video for the benefit of those of us outside the US?

Joseph said...

Ah, sorry. I always forget Hulu doesn't play outside the US.

It's Homer Simpson, arguing that he would read books and go to museums if only the TV networks would stop putting out such fine programs.