Reviews and Blog Posts: Design

Announcing the Winners of Our “How Do You See Denver?” Library Card Design Contest

Card design by Nathan Greyman

This summer, we asked Denver residents to send us their best visual representation of Denver and boy did we get some great responses! We received more than 200 submissions that showcased everything from the Front Range mountains to cultural sites to our own Library locations. The creativity and originality of submissions was off the charts and our judges had a hard time narrowing down the selections to just a few.

After an extensive review period, our judges settled on four final designs to be used for Denver Public Library cards in 2016:

Elements of Web Design

When I say design, what do you think of? Maybe something involving graphics, aesthetics, or "style"? That’s often what I think of. But design isn’t just about the visual elements of a website or a car or a building; rather, it’s about finding solutions to real problems and creating a better user experience.

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by Chip Kidd

Reviewer Rating:
4

Have you ever thought much about the design of everyday objects--your computer mouse, your favorite pen, your water bottle? Is it functional? Pleasing to look at? Whimsical? What about advertisements? Book covers? What draws you in? What confuses you (maybe in a good way)? Kidd's short book will have you...

The Design Inside

The Familiar

On the cusp of the release of the first work in a 27-volume set from author Mark Danielewski, famed for his innovative, internal book design, I thought it a perfect time to examine some of the books that take book design to the next level. Those that drive the story not just with plot but with the images inside, strategic cut-outs, or pages put together like a puzzle. Sometimes these are described as being works of ergodic literature, or narratives that have the reader navigate the often non-linear layout of the text. 

Beware wet paint

by Alan Fletcher

Reviewer Rating:
4

Organized by theme, this fantastic volume of work explores Alan Fletcher's famous design solutions. This book explores designs created during his time as the founder of the design firm Pentagram, his time as an independent designer, and his work as the art director for Phaidon Press. This is a wonderful...

Conceptual art

Reviewer Rating:
4

An excellent overview of the process and ideas behind conceptual art. Often a confusing concept for those beginning to study the movement, this book help layout what conceptual art means and does so with detailed, large-scale photographs. Phaidon's Themes and Movements series is wonderful for those beginning to understand the important artists...

The printed square : vintage handkerchief patterns for fashion and design

by Nicky Albrechtsen

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Romans and Egyptians used handkerchiefs but it wasn't until the 20th century that every day folk were able to afford them. So popular was the concept that Kimberly-Clark launched disposable tissues in 1923. The War however limited the use of paper so traditional handkerchiefs made a come back and...

Vitamin D2 : new perspectives in drawing.

Reviewer Rating:
4

An excellent collection of contemporary drawing and artists that will provide inspiration to artists, designers, or anyone looking for a little extra beauty in their life. The "vitamin" series published by Phaidon Press gives an incredibly accessible view into the state of creativity in different mediums, but the drawing edition...

Tiny homes : simple shelter : scaling back in the century

by Lloyd Kahn

Reviewer Rating:
5

What a cool book!  Lovely pictures of some of the most intriguing homes I've ever seen, along with interesting stories of each home's creation and the people who built them.  There are so many amazing, artistic, creative people within these pages, I just can't wait for you to meet them...

Micro : very small architecture

by Ruth Slavid

Reviewer Rating:
4

I have recently been obsessed with little buildings, I fantasize about treehouses, writers retreats, rustic cabins, mobile homes (not like you're thinking!) This book runs the gamut of little houses: some amazing, some hideous, some prototypes some actual little tiny mobile houses (see page 123). makes me wish I had...

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