Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.

Today Laura Miller's Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. (Flatiron Books) hits bookstores everywhere. I love this book not only because it's full of amazing vegan recipes that I'm going to make all summer [...]


Oscar Pop!

With the Oscars only a day away, things are getting exciting. There were a lot of great movies last year, so it should be a good show. I'm still scratching my head over who to choose in some [...]


My Top 10 Book Covers of 2015

I'm not sure why I'm enjoying these year-end lists. But since I am, here's another one, and this one it's near and dear to me since it's in my field of book design. Because I work on about 100 [...]


My Top 20 Movie Posters of 2015

2015 was a good year for movie posters. Sure, there were the usual suspects with lazy san-serif type treatments, bland, Photoshopped images, and unoriginal character posters. But there were also [...]


Killed Covers

Every book designer has an idea that didn’t make the cut, no matter how great it was. I know I do. There are a lot of people who need to sign off on them: publishers, authors, marketing [...]


Cover That Mug!

Has anyone else noticed a trend in type-over-the-face movie posters recently? Seeing the new one-sheet for Thor over the weekend got me to thinking about it a bit.   I can remember seeing a [...]


Mitt Romney and Aquafresh

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney unveiled his new logo today. Apparently, it’s remarkably similar to the Aquafresh logo. I can see the resemblance when I look at it. But to get a real sense [...]


Guess the Designer Baby

I’m a little late to this, but Design Observer has been running baby photos of designers in a lead-up to Mother’s Day next month. Today’s image is the last one and it looks like [...]


My Favorite Things

I love book design, and I love movies. Now, these beautiful new covers from Megan Wilson and Evan Gaffney marry the two things perfectly. Vintage is releasing new editions of James M. [...]



It’s always exciting when I wrap up another issue of Monkeybicycle. For eight years I’ve been editing and designing these books and I’ve been able to work with an extraordinary [...]


Save 50/50

Apparently the AIGA has decided to discontinue their 50 Books/50 Covers competition after a measly nine decades. Is this a sign of the digital times? Perhaps. But it doesn’t have to be. [...]



Working in graphic design usually means managing large files. That’s the case for me, anyway. As the designer of several publishing imprints, space fills up pretty quickly on my hard drive. [...]


30 Covers, 30 Days

The great Office of Letters and Light is smack dab in the middle of their 30 Covers, 30 Days project. The gist of this is that 30 NaNoWriMo authors were selected to participate, and they provide [...]


Mud Luscious Press

For the past year or so, I’ve had the opportunity to do some book jacket work for Mud Luscious Press. If you don’t know about them, you should. They’re a small press doing big [...]


Wired to Design

Each morning I try to find one or two things to inspire me for the day. They’re usually design-related, but sometimes they’re other things, like a social cause or my cat. But lately, [...]