Covered in characters

Above are a few of the typographically led book cover designs from the David Pearson exhibition, currently on in London.  

I love the ‘redacted’ George Orwell, 1984, cover with it’s debossed title under black ink. I was also quite taken with the chilling cover for Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

There’s a week left to go, so if you find yourself in Shoreditch, London before the 28th June, drop in.

David Pearson is an acclaimed British designer, famed for his beautiful series of Penguin book cover designs.

David studied at Central St Martins in London (1999–2002) before taking a job at Penguin Books as text designer and later, cover designer. He left to establish his own studio – Type as Image – in 2007.

David played a key role in the recent re-emergence of Penguin Books through projects such as the multi-million selling Great Ideas series, Penguin by Design and thePopular Classics series. He has won numerous awards for book design, has been listed as one of Britain’s Top 50 Designers by the Guardian and nominated for the Design Museum’s Designer of the Year Award.





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Deconstruction is—

"To expose those places where texts fissure."

"A critique of the hierarchical oppositions that have structured Western thought: inside/outside, mind/body, literal/metaphorical, speech/writing, presence/absence, nature/culture, form/meaning."

"To be haunted by the anxiety that, with deconstruction, the very possibility of a dictionary explodes.”

"Not to destroy but to give a different structure and functioning."

"To tease out warring forces of signification within a text."

"An investigation of the tension between modes of signification, as between the performative and constative dimensions of language."

"A form of writing in which the ‘I-ness’ of the self is given emphasis as both the limitation and possibility of appropriation in so far as context is concerned."

"When a text quotes and requotes, with or without quotation marks, when it is written on the brink, when you start, or indeed have already started, to lose your footing. When you lose sight of any line of demarcation between a text and what is outside it."

"Effective or active (as one says) interventions, in particular political and institutional interventions that transform contexts without limiting themselves to theoretical or constative utterances even though they must also produce such utterances.”

"To deconstruct every substantial identity, to denounce behind its solid con-sistency an interplay of symbolic overdetermination—briefly, to dissolve the substantial identity into a network of non-substantial, differential relations; the notion of symptom is the necessary counterpoint to it, the substance of enjoyment, the real kernel around which this signifying interplay is structured.”

"To be deeply concerned with the ‘other’ of language."

"A gesture in opposite directions at the same time: on the one hand to preserve a distance and suspicion with regard to the official political codes governing reality; on the other, to intervene here and now in a practical and engagé manner whenever the necessity arises.”

"Perpetual uneasiness."

"What deconstruction is not? everything of course!
What is deconstruction? nothing of course!”

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An Endless List of Things I Love | Beautiful Reading Spaces


Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay


Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith


The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith


Library Porn

Admont Abbey Library, Austria

"I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right."
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief (via bookmania)
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links to free online stories that are classy 

stories about alcoholism, suicide, incurable heartbreak, wishing you’d never been born, insanity, sickness, murder

John Cheever – The Swimmer

JD Salinger – A Perfect Day for Bananafish

Mary Gaitskill – Mirrorball

Delmore Schwartz – In Dreams Begins Responsibilities

Vladimir Nabokov – Symbols and Signs

Lorrie Moore – People Like That Are the Only People Here

Joan Didion - Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream

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Books Transform Their World | Illustration by Sara Infante


Books Transform Their World | Illustration by Sara Infante

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