Meanwhile, 57 varieties
Spies! Astromice! Sauce!
— Made some more of these.
— David Pearson has won the ABCD "winner of all winners" award for his redacted Penguin Classics design of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. One of those rare covers that gets better the more weathered it becomes – always a joy seeing one of these out in the wild, the black bar scratched away by time and/or confusion.
— I got the complete 1960s Batman box set for my birthday and oh boy it is glorious. How ridiculous is it that the last child-friendly live action Batman was over fifty years ago? One of many highlights: all the signs and labels, as documented by this dedicated twitter account.
— “An absolute failure of marketing, an absolute triumph of aesthetics and form” – Erik Carter on the cover for Frederic Brown’s Mitkey Astromouse by Heinz “Yellow Submarine” Edelmann; another cracking post from The Book Cover Review. See also: Erik’s substack Design Harder.
— Fascinating thread by director Nick Murphy on putting together A Spy Among Friends’ visual style bible. Good to see lots of Saul Leiter, Vivian Maier and Nan Goldin thrown into the mix.
— Photography by Jack Davison. Goodness me.
— Loving these new Heinz adverts by Rethink. Kind of risky to imply that people wouldn’t tell the difference without the iconic bottle, but I think they just about get away with it. Reminds me of Mother London’s KFC ad that featured an alphabet of imposter -FCs.
— My Best Shot is one of my favourite regular features in The Guardian; an insight into photographers’ methods and minds. I particularly like the recent one on Bill Henson’s anti-portraits of opera-goers in Paris … in Melbourne.
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