3Qs: Sean Adams has 3 questions (+ 1) for Alexander Isley

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[Sean Adams] I’m not easily star-struck. I work with celebrities, and they are like most clients: Most are smart, a few are nitwits. For some reason, however, I end up with a mouthful of marbles when I talk with Alex Isley. I don’t know why he makes me nervous. He’s always disarming, down-to-earth, and couldn’t be friendlier. But I’ve been in awe of his work for a long time. And like most people we admire, he is so much more than just the great work. I’ve learned, over time, to make sure I have a drink before seeing Alex. Then I can relax and not sound really, really foolish.

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Rockwell Kent’s “Candide”

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[Alyson Kuhn] Candide, Voltaire’s satirical romantic adventure, was first published in 1759. The book created such a splash that 17 editions were published in that year alone. New illustrated editions have continued to attract publishers, readers and collectors in countless countries over four centuries. In 1928 the first book published under the then-new Random House imprint was Rockwell Kent’s edition of Candide.

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Bookplates du jour

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[Alyson Kuhn] I was recently thinking, as I am wont to do, about small bits of printed paper and the stories they tell. In particular, I was thinking about small-scale personal papers, as differentiated from mass-marketed things like postage stamps, theater stubs and metro tickets.

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Neil Young’s Archives Vol. 1 gets a Grammy


[Tracy Smith] Back in December I had the pleasure of congratulating Neil Young and designers Gary Burden and Jenice Heo on their Grammy nomination for the spectacular box set Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963–1972). Today’s news that the

project was awarded the Grammy for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Packaging calls for another round of recognition.

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So Noted: What are YOU reading?

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[Laura Shore] So many of my favorite design books are listed in Jason Santa Maria’s list (via Swiss Miss) that I know I’ll like all the others he’s li

sted. Of course once I’ve finished those I’ll need some more. So what are YOU reading? Respond in the comments field and we’ll add your recommendations to our reader’s corner when it goes live in a few weeks. Visit Jason Santa Maria’s blog here.

So Noted: iPad


[Laura Shore]  Is the iPad a game changer and if so, which game will it change the most: print or PCs? Amidst the hype it was interesting to read the comments of celebrated magazine designer, Luke Hayman of Pentagram.

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