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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Mark Haddon and His Curious Book Design

Over at Book Lust I read a post that Patricia did for Drawn.ca on Mark Haddon book design, in particular his multiple designs for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which I enjoyed very much.

Today I was in Duthie Books and spotted on the counter a copy of Hadden’s poetry collection. What you can’t tell from the cover image on Amazon is that there is a scroll wheel on the side and you can turn it to reveal little images and the book title in the cutout windows. Unlike The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this book cover is not designed by Haddon, but it is beautiful nonetheless. Congratulations to designer Peter Mendelsund.

The design shows this is clearly book as objet d’art. I fell for it immediately.

There are very few poetry books I’ve ever bought but the ones I have are all little pieces of art.

I just recently read Mark Haddon’s book. And I have to admit that one of my reasons for picking up the book (aside from the interesting title and the topic of dogs) was the beautiful design of the book.

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