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Beletrina book cover designs / July 2012

Posted in Books by andrejabrulc on 12/07/2012

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Recent book covers for the Beletrina imprint of the Slovene book publisher Beletrina Academic Press.

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Beletrina book cover designs / June 2012

Posted in Books by andrejabrulc on 06/06/2012

Beletrina book cover designs / March 2012

Posted in Books by andrejabrulc on 05/03/2012

World Book Day 2012

Posted in Books, Craft, Projects by andrejabrulc on 01/03/2012

Today is World Book Day in the UK, and I contributed a postcard to the Random Project to mark this occasion. The words related to the theme were: “Words”, “Dream”, “World” and “Imagine”. The postcard below is a response to the “Words”.

The hand-made letters were originally created for a public art installation – France Prešeren’s New Outfit – dressing the Slovene Romantic poet in a huge cloak, whose monument stands in the main square in Ljubljana. The project was created for the Festival Fabula 2010, run by a literary book publisher Študentska založba, as the central event of Ljubljana time as UNESCO World Book Capital 2010. I have created over 200 book covers for the publisher since 2007, hence my naughty play on the usual phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover”.

World Book Day (World Book and Copyright Day) is a yearly event organised by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It is a celebration of authors, illustrators and books.  According to the UK World Book Day, the main aim of today in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children of all ages to come together in order to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with a £1 token against the purchase of a book from the list. The organisation will send these tokens to schools that participate in World Book Day.

According to Wikimedia, World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April. The connection between this date and books was first made in 1923 by Spanish booksellers to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes in the Catalonian festival who died on that day.

In 1995 UNESCO decided that World Book Day would be celebrated on that day, as the source say, because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the death of Carvantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Josep Pia, and the birth of Maurice Druon, Vladimir Nabokov, Manuel Mejíla Vallejo and Halldór Laxness.

The date for World Book Day however differs from country to country. In the UK and the Republic of Ireland is held annually on the first Thursday in March as the established international 23 April would clash with Easter school holidays and as the 23 April is also the National Saint’s day of England, St George’s Day.

World Book Day is not funded by the British government. The funding for activities mainly comes from the major sponsor, National Book Tokens, and the UK book trade (publishers and booksellers).

So much more important that books still get published in hard copies. Cheers.

Beletrina book cover designs / November 2011

Posted in Books by andrejabrulc on 11/11/2011

Beletrina book cover designs / May 2011

Posted in Books by andrejabrulc on 29/05/2011

New Design for Pocket Beletrina

Posted in Books by andrejabrulc on 29/05/2011

I have recently created a new branding for the Pocket Beletrina series published by Beletrina Academic Press. The books are softback editions of hardbacks published under the Beletrina imprint. The new design is similar to the hardbacks in the principle of placing the author and the title on a stripe – however, the softback version has two stripes. The stripe used for the author shows the colour chosen for a particular book and repeats at the back. The colours have been selected from the autumnal colour palette. Unlike the hardbacks, the typography remains the same throughout, and the design is based on a single black-and-white photograph, which repeats as a thumbnail on the back. The softback may be a cheaper version of the hardbacks in terms of production and design costs, but the branding gives a sophisticated, contemporary (and definitely not cheap-looking) message. Here is a display of the 14 covers created so far this year.

Beletrina book cover designs / April 2011

Posted in Books by andrejabrulc on 08/04/2011

Beletrina book cover designs / April 2011

Posted in Books by andrejabrulc on 08/04/2011

Beletrina book cover designs / December 2010

Posted in Books by andrejabrulc on 30/12/2010
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