One of the reasons I chose graphic design as a major in college was a slight obsession with book design, art and photography books mostly. I enjoy designing with grids, images, and typography to create an easy-on-the-eyes layout. It is like a giant puzzle where you must put all of the pieces together in just the right place to create a story.
My first job after college was at Marquand Books (now Lucia|Marquand). I was always impressed with the design of their publications, and it was great to learn a few things firsthand. I wish I could go back in time and learn much more. I was young and had yet to come out of my shy shell. I could have gotten a lot more from that experience if I had the balls to ask more questions! Live and learn.
Recently I have returned to my love of book design and have been putting together a small art catalogue for my series, Atomic Age Revisited. These 12 mixed media paintings have since found a home with a collector, but I wanted to share the work with more people. Having the paintings on my website is great and all, but being able to produce a physical object, like a book, has a greater impact than the 20 seconds someone may spend online looking at the same work. In the future I may remove the series from my website and this book may be the only way to see these pieces! Tragic, I know.
I will keep you up-to-date on the progress of these catalogues as I plan on ordering a couple of proofs from the printer before the initial release. Feel free to contact me if you would like to preorder a copy for your bookshelf. It will be 8x8in perfect bound, approximately 20 pages, and will sell for around $15.