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How to Paint a Novelist: Michelle de Kretser

How to Paint a Novelist: Michelle de Kretser

A painter's notes on making a portrait. Plus, see the author speak about her writing and her portrait, in front of the picture at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

Interview with Creative Superstar, David Pearson

Interview with Creative Superstar, David Pearson

How does a great creative mind work? The design superstar tells us, before his appearances in Sydney, Aug 25 and Melbourne, Aug 29.

The Daniel Day-Lewis of Book Design

The Daniel Day-Lewis of Book Design

Or is he the Paul Thomas Anderson? Anyway, he is one of the world's true superstars of book design, and you shouldn't miss seeing him.

Awards season: Calling book designers!

Awards season: Calling book designers!

The Australian Book Design Awards call for entries, till June 23, 2014.

To New Yorker with Love (Fran├žoise Mouly and the politics of cover art)

To New Yorker with Love (Fran├žoise Mouly and the politics of cover art)

Why the covers of the "New Yorker" are brilliant, and Culture Mulcher's attempt at the cover about US government shutdown and the impending debt ceiling default on October 17.

Notes from the Sydney Writers Festival (plus, The Design Hall of Fame)

Notes from the Sydney Writers Festival (plus, The Design Hall of Fame)

On writers' tales and thoughts, tropic rain, design awards, and midnight shards of Sydney's outrageous beauty.

Clunes Booktown Festival 2013 (Plus, What is a book cover for?)

Clunes Booktown Festival 2013 (Plus, What is a book cover for?)

Clunes: books, pizza, nagobs and a philosophical rant on the use and meaning of book covers.

How to design a Classic book cover: Prahran Library, Tues 21 Aug

How to design a Classic book cover: Prahran Library, Tues 21 Aug

Recently I posted links to a clip of Robert Hughes talking about the decline of old fashioned ideals in art: the meaning of art aside from its commodity value. From the sublime to the ridiculous; or at least, the commercial. This coming Tuesday, 21 August at 6:30pm, I’m giving a talk on book cover design […]

How to design an Australian Classic

How to design an Australian Classic

Rightho — this is something I should have done a couple of weeks back. It’s a heads up for a (free) talk I’m giving on book cover design, specifically on the Text Classics series, Australian classics, rather than from o/s. You can see the thirty covers here, and hopefully you’ll have seen them (yellow: Aussie […]

Book covers by the sweat of thy brow

Book covers by the sweat of thy brow

Just a note to say that the excellent designer, Sandy Cull, has posted a (long-promised) piece from me on the design blog, About Book Design. (She is a VBP [very busy person]; how she keeps that blog-ball in the air, too, is admirable.) An extract: After he had put in his prescription at the pharmacy […]