Ephemeral remains of Stephen Coles.
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Z–A
2011, paperback, 6 x 9 in., 334 pages
Benjamin Shaykin (posted as individual images which I animated above)

Earlier this year, HarperCollins announced new limits on e-book lending for libraries: digital books would only be allowed to circulate 26 times before they expired and would have to be replaced.

In response, I created a physical book which dissolves through successive readings. I began with the text of Borges’ The Library of Babel, repeating the story 26 times. With each repetition, one letter of the alphabet is removed, until finally all that is left are punctuation marks and numerals.

Z–A
2011, paperback, 6 x 9 in., 334 pages
Benjamin Shaykin (posted as individual images which I animated above)

Earlier this year, HarperCollins announced new limits on e-book lending for libraries: digital books would only be allowed to circulate 26 times before they expired and would have to be replaced.

In response, I created a physical book which dissolves through successive readings. I began with the text of Borges’ The Library of Babel, repeating the story 26 times. With each repetition, one letter of the alphabet is removed, until finally all that is left are punctuation marks and numerals.

Hallo England, 1950
By Eiding and Sondelius
Cover by Eva Löfberg
(via P-E Fronning)

Out of Print Clothing
Licensed, classic book covers on tees. Each purchase sends a book to community in need.
Thx Brooke!

An Offering of Uncles ©1967 Saxton Graphic Associates, Inc.

Romance (by Stephen Coles)

From a friend’s collection of vintage paperbacks. When she moved, she left them behind in a cardboard box on a sidewalk somewhere in Burbank. Hope they went to a good home.

For more, this looks like a decent book: The Look of Love: The Art of the Romance Novel

Alimony (by Stephen Coles)

From a friend’s collection of vintage paperbacks. When she moved, she left them behind in a cardboard box on a sidewalk somewhere in Burbank. Hope they went to a good home.

For more, this looks like a decent book: The Look of Love: The Art of the Romance Novel

The Dim View (by Stephen Coles)

From a friend’s collection of vintage paperbacks. When she moved, she left them behind in a cardboard box on a sidewalk somewhere in Burbank. Hope they went to a good home.

For more, this looks like a decent book: The Look of Love: The Art of the Romance Novel

Illusion (by Stephen Coles)

From a friend’s collection of vintage paperbacks. When she moved, she left them behind in a cardboard box on a sidewalk somewhere in Burbank. Hope they went to a good home.

For more, this looks like a decent book: The Look of Love: The Art of the Romance Novel

Desire Me (by Stephen Coles)

From a friend’s collection of vintage paperbacks. When she moved, she left them behind in a cardboard box on a sidewalk somewhere in Burbank. Hope they went to a good home.

For more, this looks like a decent book: The Look of Love: The Art of the Romance Novel

In my hands now, an advance copy of “Just My Type” by Simon Garfield, parts of which I proofed while I was in Stockholm this summer.

It’s a fun-filled romp through the world of letters, mostly for the layman, but with some history and inside stories many experts may not know. Good for type lovers to give to friends and family to prove how interesting and varied type can be. Garfield is a good writer. And I’m not just saying that because there’s a chapter on type specimens in which our team at FontShop plays a central role. I mean, he wrote an enjoyable book about the color mauve — you know he’s good.

Update — Oct 17, 2010: Extract from the book in The Observer.

Update — Aug 23, 2011: New York Times review.


Above: The poster I designed to help celebrate the UK launch. One chapter is about our FontShop specimens, so I worked typeface showings into the poster using the titles of Garfield’s other books.

"All Shall Be Well" – 50 Books/50 Covers

This is a great cover but I wish it was hand lettered. There’s no reason to use a font here.

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