Chalk Portrait 1 : Tolkien

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Last week we bought three 16 x 20 chalkboards for kids. I want to have fun with the chalk too, so how about I draw a series of portraits in December? And let’s make them all famous authors. Today’s portrait on December 1st: it’s J.R.R. Tolkien. I think it looks just like him. Wouldn’t you say so?

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QQ Podcast : 15 : Vacation Response

Manhattan as seen from the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, October 2012.


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In this episode book designers Andrew and Ian catch up on their respective autumn vacations. Andrew gets self-conscious about his public image in New York. Ian is still relaxed from his trip to Mexico.

Stuff mentioned in this episode:

Jacqui Oakley illustrated Ian’s recently designed box sets of Jane Austen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books.

“Author Promoting Book Gives It Her All Whether It’s Just 3 People Or A Crowd Of 9 People” on The Onion. <– This is a pretty accurate representation of Andrew’s author event last month. But, at least somebody likes Andrew’s book.

QQ Podcast : 14 : Goofs and Gaffes


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In today’s mildly amusing episode, book designers Andrew and Ian exchange bookish anecdotes about goofs made either by themselves or observed elsewhere. It’s hilarious.

P.S. I made a genuine goof in misspelling the word “gaffe” in the MP3 file. Can you believe it?

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QQ Podcast : 13 : Feeling blue


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This week we’re talking about insecurity, feeling blue, experiencing design ennui. Speaking of insecurity, I’m not feeling good about this new microphone I used. Sounds tinny.

Stuff mentioned in this episode:
Jim’s tweet.
Dan Mogford’s series design for Edward de Bono.
Penguin by Design, by Phil Baines.
Clients From Hell

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QQ Podcast : 12 : AAUP? Yeah, you know me.

Above photo: A cake from the conference celebrating 75 years of the AAUP. With edible type!


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Who’s down with AAUP? In this 12th episode of the podcast Andrew recounts the story of his trip to Chicago to attend the Association of American University Presses conference. Ian and Andrew talk about the importance of continued self-promotion, their vintage collections, and the future of book publishing. And as an added treat if you listen extra carefully, you can hear Ian eating dinner. We’re sorry that Andrew’s audio is kind of quiet in this one (he really ought to buy a proper microphone).

Stuff mentioned in this episode:
CAKE: Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
AAUP 2012 Chicago
The Book Design Review
design:related
Books for Victory A blog about books in WWII.
Adventures in Design A podcast from two freelance poster designers.
Your E-Book is Reading You on The Wall Street Journal.
Publishing: Adapt or Die An episode of the On The Media podcast about the future of book publishing.

QQ Podcast : 11 : Marketing Miscellany


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Andrew and Ian break their month of silence to talk about… I dunno, a bunch of stuff. Ian relates his yoga ball injury. Andrew gets a call from Hollywood and the BBC. They both talk about book marketing, marketing yourself, and so on, and so forth.

Stuff mentioned in this episode:
Mad Women by Jane Maas. Listen to the author on Radio Times.
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. Listen to the author on Fresh Air.
A favorite publisher of mine, Shire Publications
“How to Write an Email That Will Actually Get a Response” on the Art of Manliness
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union cover design by Will Staehle