Last month, Peter MendeIsund, associate art director for Knopf, simultaneously released two books, What We See When We Read, a philosophical and psychological treatise on how our mind constructs images when we read, and COVER, which abounds with Mendelsund's completed book jackets along with ephemera from his previously unseen work, including sketches, and a ton of rejected designs. It is an absolutely gorgeous compendium of book design and a beautiful object in and of itself.
But for my money, the real gem here is What We See When We Read. I absolutely love this book. So much so that, try as I might, I couldn't quite put into words my feelings about it. The book is so many things at once that everything I wrote about it seemed to fall terribly short of conveying how entertaining and enlightening this book is. ... continue reading