Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tapjacketing #6: Links to the Imaginary Library Plus

1. Link: If you live in the Pacific Northwest, be sure to see "An Imaginary Library: Children's Books That Do Not (Yet) Exist" which opened last week at the Wilson Library on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. With over 72 illustrators from 30 countries participating, this should be quite a delight. You can see even more covers from this exhibit and information about it here and here. And read this:

"The participating artists were invited by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, to create an original book cover for a book that does not yet exist but which someday the artist would love to create. Each book cover is accompanied by a short text that expresses the artist's idea.
The original paintings, sketches, and drawings by some of the world’s most successful and best known children’s book illustrators will be on display in the fourth floor Rotunda at Wilson Library on the Western campus from Feb. 10 through April 30."

Kudos to Sylvia Tag, the librarian at WWU who organized the exhibit and helped raise the funds to bring it to the United States (and to the West Coast, hooray!)  from the International Youth Library in Munich. 

2. Link: Just take a look at Betsy Bird's FUSE #8 project where she reports the tally for her Top 100 Children's Novels survey (she's counting down from #100 to #1, day by day - a monumental feat.) Of special interest to Jacket Knack readers: Ms. Bird displays 3-5 covers for every book listed. It's an amazing look back through the trends in book covers - what was considered energetic or vital in one decade can seem camp-ishly bad in another. And the most recent covers can sometimes fail in comparison with earlier versions.  Go see for yourself, and follow the list as the Fuse #8 site counts down.

Next, here are half a dozen YouTube vidoes that present cover artists. They'll keep you busy until another Tapjacketing list gets posted. 

1. Link: The Five Rules of Book Cover Desgin by John Gall.

2. Link: Science -fiction cover illustrator Stephen Youll talks about his approach to book cover design.

3. Link: Author and illustrator Lane Smith talking with his wife, book designer Molly Leach, about how they work together.

4. Link: Cover illustrator Tom Hallman shows some hilarious and intriguing photo shoots with his own family - they provide models for his covers (he also talks about publisher/CEO's giving him "sketches" of what they want!) 

6. Link: Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda talk  about Pop-Up books - not exactly covers, but fascinating - about how paper obeys certain principles of physics (Physics can be quite a despot.)

1 comment:

  1. it's interesting that barnes & noble would do a series on book cover design, since they are known to reject ordering a book if their head buyer doesn't like the cover, and publishers will and have redesigned covers just to please them.

    i suppose if they think a cover won't sell, then a retail eye isn't a bad thing to have, but it makes me wonder if there are designs where the pub's took b&n into account before submitting them for approval.