The Never-ending Struggle against Clutter
Anything can become clutter, including books. I took this picture a few weeks ago in a used bookstore in Nice. In the cavernous space, more like some mad entropic warehouse than a shop, the books rose from the floor in great looming cliffs of paper. This impenetrable grotto of print didn't look remotely like a functioning shop. It was an extreme public example of the condition of compulsive hoarding that afflicts many of us now.
On My Shelf: André Breton's Nadja
Soon after he started designing book covers for Le Livre de poche, Pierre Faucheux learned that the imprint planned to issue a pocket edition of Nadja
by André Breton. The memoir, published in 1928, is a classic of Surrealist literature often thought to be the text that best expresses the Surrealist mentality. Faucheux knew Breton and called him. The Livre de poche edition remains the best visual interpretation of the book.
Sending Signals about Political Graphics
I can’t think of any other design or visual arts publication quite like Signal
in form and content. “Journal” is exactly the right word here because Signal
is half way between a magazine and a book in appearance and tone. Its dinky size, combined with astutely pitched, matt-laminated cover designs, make it immediately intriguing and attractive. Everything about its presentation says: read this (because it will be a pleasure).