Book Covers Strictly for Fun

Goudy’s Diamond-Shaped Tittles & Punctuation… and Other Charms

This retro ad is super-cool, and set in enormous Goudy Old Style. I found it here. A chubby little font with mostly substantial uprights, Goudy Old Style is nice and readable as well as being a little on the dark side in the block on the page. That’s not automatically a bad thing, I’ve been known to … Continue reading

Repeated Pattern: Motif

Batik-Style Artwork

In the late ’70s, when I was a girl, a neighboring family had a half bath in their San Mateo, California home papered with persistent, full-frontal sketches of a 1920s-era Rolls Royce.  The washroom was tiny, and artificially lit; and the toothsome grills and buggy head lamps stretched floor to ceiling. As if this wasn’t … Continue reading

Branding: Color + Image = Perception

In Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Catherine O’Hara and Glen Shadix—as homeowner and interior designer, respectively—are touring her recently purchased Victorian three-story when O’Hara scribbles the word “mauve” across the faded wallpaper of an upstairs bedroom. Shadix, in a fabulous eighties-era designer’s drawl says, “You read my mind.” Mauve. A hideous hue that is quite possibly paying … Continue reading