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It All Begins With A Letter (Vol II)

Last March, I posted covers A-L in the Penguin Drop Caps series. The series consists of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature, each featuring on its cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer, Jessica Hische. Perusing through Pinterest, I noticed that M-T are now available for sale! U-W will be released on August 26, and X-Z on September 30. Check them out below, and pick up (and pre-order) your favorites from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (each book retails for about $16+). 

// Penguin Drop Cap Series (M-Z)

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23. June 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol II

I had so much fun compiling The Comfort of Thiny-ness Vol I, that I’ve been keeping my eyes open for more fantastic covers…and I’ve found some really great ones! As convenient as digital readers are, it makes me sad knowing that I no longer have any physical interaction with books, and their fabulous covers. There is something inherently different between seeing the covers online, and touching them and feeling all the intricacies that went into their design and production. Which lets me know, that I have some book shopping ahead of me! Have you seen some awesome covers lately? Sound off!

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06. December 2012 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The Comfort of Thingy-ness…

As a young child, I was taught the inevitable cliché all parents teach their children—never judge a book by its cover. But as a graphic designer, that has proved to be one of the hardest things to do! I am also an avid reader, and I own the Kindle (first generation). As it is black and white and only shows the cover of a book for a nano second, I can get passed reading books with unappealing sleeves and lackluster type; however, that also means that I get to miss out on all of the fantastic covers that would usually draw me in, and make me pick up a book I might not have otherwise thought of perusing.

As Chip Kidd said in his recent TED talk (if you haven’t seen it—it’s a must), “Much is to be gained by eBooks: ease, convenience, portability. But something is definitely lost: tradition, a sensual experience, the comfort of thingy-ness — a little bit of humanity.” I couldn’t agree more. So this weekend, I decided to take a trip to my local Barnes and Nobles (RIP Borders), and walked the aisles for a few hours in a state of nostalgia. Below are just twenty of the covers that I have been missing out on with my handy-dandy digital reader.…

09. July 2012 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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