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How to Judge a Book Without a Cover

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Craig Mod has another great essay on his site regarding covers in ebooks.

There is symmetry of loss shared among all physical media as it shifts digital. The ever shrinking book cover parallels the long, slow compression of music jackets. The designers of records must have felt a similar sense of constriction with cassettes and then CDs and now Rdio/iTunes thumbnails. So much lost canvas.

He does not, however, focus on doom & gloom for the publishing industry. Instead he gives great examples of publishers who embrace the constraints of digital media. One of my favorite points was his analysis of Frank Chimero’s The Shape of Design.

Jump into Frank’s ebook willy-nilly – any of these chapter opening images could be a cover. He has, on the most base level ’ within the constraints of our current ebook systems ’ distributed the cover throughout his entire book.

Mod’s attitude of embracing change is an asset that would serve any designer or publisher well.

Go check out the essay on his website or purchase a Kindle edition (affiliate link).

The Digital World: Interface Metaphors

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

A few weeks ago the iPad was released and has been the source of discussion, controversy and envy. Much of the buzz centers on Apple’s indifference to Flash content and Adobe’s outraged response. There is also much to read in regard to the direction that Apple has decided to take in the design of their applications. On Apple’s User Interface Guidelines Page they suggest, “Whenever possible, add a realistic, physical dimension to your application. The more true to life your application looks and behaves, the easier it is for people to understand how it works and the more they enjoy using it.” They exemplify what they mean with their own iPad apps. The calendar app looks like a tearaway desk calendar, the address book app looks like a rolodex, and the e-reader app looks like a hardcover book complete with page turning animations.


Our Clients

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Push Design’s Awards and Recognition

Friday, March 19th, 2010

  • ACD 100 Show
  • Adobe Magazine
  • AR 100
  • Communication Arts
  • Graphis
  • ID Design Annual
  • ID Annual Interactive
  • NIRI Seattle
  • Print Annual
  • Type Directors Club
  • The Seattle Show
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    • The creation of an avatar celebrates a company’s connection to their customers

    • An approach to layout provides the framework for a dialogue about design and architecture

    • Elevate the ordinary “hot chocolate” into a smooth and luxurious experience

    • Design helps a company initiate a proactive outreach program