Monthly Archives: December 2012

Design: Classic Book Covers – 1st Editions

Most books before WWII were simply the name of the book and author, with perhaps a small illustration, embossed or printed on the cover itself. The idea of a dust jacket didn’t come into prominence until after the war. Printing became more refined and the idea of commercial advertising and art was thriving. These books have all seen a multitude of covers with subsequent printings and editions – but these are the firsts. Some beautifully designed (Ulysses) some not, (The Shining).

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

The Shining - Stephen King

The Shining – Stephen King

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum

The Naked Lunch - William H. Burroughs

The Naked Lunch – William H. Burroughs

Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett

Ulysses - James Joyce

Ulysses – James Joyce

Goldfinger - Ian Fleming

Goldfinger – Ian Fleming

Fight Club - Chuck Palaniuk

Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett

Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

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Painting: Sainer & Bezt – The Etam Cru

Sainer & Bezt are 2 Polish street artists, that sometime paint individually and other times as the Etam Cru. Their murals are huge, one being 10 stories high and most taking up entire sides of buildings. The majority of their work is done in Poland with various pieces throughout Russia and Turkey. These guys aren’t your normal graffitti artists, though much of the work is done with spray paint. Check out their site at www.etamcru.com for more of their work and some cool time lapse videos.

Sainer and Bezt Primavera

Sainer and Bezt – Primavera

Sainer and Bezt -Balloon

Sainer and Bezt -Balloon

Sainer and Bezt -  Traphouse

Sainer and Bezt – Traphouse

Sainer and Bezt - Birdyboat

Sainer and Bezt – Birdyboat

Etam Cru

Etam Cru – Makao

Etam Cru - Eskimo

Etam Cru – Eskimo

Etam Cru - Removal

Etam Cru – Removal

Etam Cru

Sainer & Bezt – Roem

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Etam Cru – Jazz in Free Times

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Etam Cru - 10 Story Mural

Etam Cru – 10 Story Mural

Lodz Poland

Lodz Poland