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Bat, Bean, Beam - A Weblog on Memory and Technology: What Do People Do All Day?
"However I am just as impressed but the extent in which Scarry’s work has in fact not dated very much at all. While the book covers an almost bafflingly broad range of occupations and includes sections on the extraction and transformation of raw materials, there is one notable omission: large-scale manufacturing. And without industry, from a Western perspective the book seems in fact almost presciently current. Some of the jobs the author describes have evolved, very few of them have all but disappeared (you can’t easily bump into a blacksmith, much less one who sells tractors); the texture of our cities has changed and those little shops have given way to larger chain stores; but by and large we still do the things that occupy Scarry’s anthropomorphic menagerie: we fix the sewers and serve the meals and cut down the trees and drive the trucks and cultivate the land and so forth. It’s almost as if Scarry made a conscious effort to draw only the jobs that could not be outsourced overseas, and had thus future-proofed the book for his domestic audience." I read this when I was very small, and loved it; fond memories, and sharp analysis
richardscarry  books  children  work  illustration  society 
april 2011 by infovore
Philip K. Dick - Book Cover Art Gallery
"Philip K. Dick fans from around the world have contributed to this scanned collection of over 650 PKD book covers." Some of these are awesome, from the crazy french covers for VALIS to the German editions of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - retitled as "LSD-Astronauten".
illustration  pkd  scifi  covers  books  philipkdick  design 
april 2010 by infovore
Videogame Classics - a set on Flickr
Olly Moss has now moved from movies to videogames, pastiching classic Penguin covers; the Goldeneye one is superb.
design  games  pastiche  illustration  books  graphicdesign  ollymoss 
january 2009 by infovore
The Book Design Review
"My Favorite Book Covers of 2008" Some I'd seen before; some I'd not. Some very beautiful things here.
illustration  books  jackets  covers  design  graphicdesign 
december 2008 by infovore

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