I always thought that one Mr. Stephen Dedalus lived in Martello Tower. What I didn't know is that he lived in a Martello Tower.

Here's a neat article on
Martello Towers in The Gaurdian.

And: I want one please.

(The first comment, "this place is a fully functioning babe lair," was clearly written by Buck Mulligan)

Happy Holidays


"I think 'gone' may be overstating it..."

CBS does a segment on book cover design (of all things).

Catch it here

My favorite moment is when Erin Moriarty asks me if, with the advent of the e-reader, "everything is going to change" and I reply "Yes..."

There is a whole lot in that elipsis.


the new whowhatnow?

The New Yorker runs an interview
on the design of the new
Jo Nesbø jacket.

In other news, I'll be posting a
mess of new work soon,
I promise

(it's been a while, or so I'm told)


Thank you TDC for hosting the talk last night— It was an honor and a blast!

The Fractalist

I was reminded, when the great Benoit Mandelbrot died last week, that Pantheon was waiting on delivery of his memoir- which I had been called in to work on. I'm still hoping that the manuscript, in whatever stage of completion it was in at his death, will be published. Mandelbrot was an amazing figure whose story, one hopes, would be of interest to many. I imagine it will pop up on a forthcoming list. Here's the final jacket we will use.

Work Surface

Stuff in my office.

There are, incidentally, some people
(more interesting than me)
on this site who are worth peeking at.


Alex Ross
John Baldessari
and the always winning
Coralie Bickford Smith


Free Sally


Seeking Approval

A new article in PRINT Magazine by me and my pal Peter Terzian, featuring comments from many wonderful designers. Great photos by Shopsin and Fulford.


Deluxe Box set. Cloth, foil, maps, endpapers, you name it. On sale Thanksgivingish. Excuse the lame scans.

Micro Monde




I can't help but see (nautical) signal flags. But what do they signal?

As a pertinent side note- Jonathan Dee reviews Tom McCarthy's "C" in Harper's and gets it just right.


Courtesy of (just another instance of me regurgitating great stuff from)

But Does It Float


The Kepes's (Kepesek? Kepesci?)

(see below) images courtesy of this fella.

Breuer's Kepes House

Maybe you recall last summer's vacation blog post from the
Chermayeff house? Well the same friends who were staying chez Chermayeff, have, this year, been inhabiting the house Marcel Breuer built for Gyorgy Kepes. This is a feat of summer house one-ups-manship that can only end with them, next year, renting Le Corbusier's Cabanon. Who knew the Bauhaus were such a presence in Cape Cod? "Not I" (he types while buying lobster rolls at the Gropius Clam Shack).

In any case- their summer houses are my gain. Many first editions inside, and me, with only my crappy camera phone:

Designed by Paul Rand, for whom Breuer also designed a cape house (though evidently, according to my hosts, there was friction betwixt architect and designer- surprise surprise). This Eliade reminded me of this other Rand jacket:

And this one, by Kepes himself:

And this one here:

which if I flatter myself reminds me of something I once did for Herbert Muschamps- though mine is exactly one gazillion times worse. Glad I hadn't seen it earlier or I would've sulked. Just like I'm sulking now.

A spot of Matisse?

And this here, which is so much lovelier in person than in this photo (designer unknown):

And an inscription to Kepes from Jonas Salk

"Dear Gyorgy, design is all well and good, but, as you may know, I CURED POLIO BITCHES!"

Only kidding:

and another remnant of the original owner:

and I leave you with this:

A copy-less flap. This is just how I feel on vacation: like a copy-less flap.

See you all in a bit,