From the Designer’s Desk

Designing the Indecipherable: The Voynich Manuscript

Peter M. Blaiwas — The Absolutely Unique Challenges of Publishing the Voynich Manuscript Fascsimile Book In 2014, Yale University Press approached Wordesign Services to copyedit, design, and produce a facsimile edition of the Voynich Manuscript, a very old, mysterious, beautifully illustrated text. The book would include the first full-size reproduction

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From the Designer’s Desk: Michael Bierut

Today’s edition of From the Designer’s Desk features insight and humor from Michael Bierut, a partner at design firm Pentagram whose numerous, genius designs we encounter daily — whose inimitable designs make the physical world more interesting and beautiful every day. Why did you pursue design, rather than, say, painting or architecture or

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From the Designer’s Desk Special Edition: University Press Book Design, On the type-only jacket

Our Designers Talk Book Covers ­ “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” the popular adage goes. But, as humans, we often do just that. In this edition of From the Designer’s Desk, and as part of the 2015 AAUP blog tour, our Yale University Press book designers (Nancy Ovedovitz, Design

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From the Designer’s Desk: Peter Blaiwas

This month’s installment in our marvelous From the Designer’s Desk series comes from the inspired Peter Blaiwas, the designer at the helm of Peter Blaiwas Graphic Design.  Here he discusses the book’s enduring importance in the changing landscape of reading formats, and the role of book design at this moment.

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From the Designer’s Desk: Henk van Assen

Henk van Assen, in addition to being a marvelous, long-time collaborator as the designer of many books published and distributed by Yale University Press, is founding principal at HvADesign, senior critic at Yale University, and lecturer at Parsons the New School for Design.  Read on for his adventurous, international, and

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From the Designer’s Desk: Bruce Campbell

Our June 2015 edition of From the Designer’s Desk features Bruce Campbell, an extraordinary designer of exhibition catalogues and restorer of vintage printing presses. Why did you pursue design, rather than, say, painting or architecture or sculpture? Actually, I went to graduate school as a printmaker. But then I saw

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From the Designer’s Desk: Cheryl Towler Weese

The May 2015 edition of From the Designer’s Desk is a missive from Chicago – from the incomparable Cheryl Towler Weese of Studio Blue. Why did you pursue design, rather than, say, painting or architecture or sculpture? Like some of the other designers who have contributed to this blog series, I didn’t

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From the Designer’s Desk: Barbara E. Williams

We are thrilled to share the April 2015 edition of From the Designer’s Desk: a beautiful reflection by Barbara E. Williams on 40 years in the business of book design.  Barbara started her work in scholarly publishing at Duke University Press. She then served as production manager for a start-up

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From the Designer’s Desk: Roy Brooks

Our March 2015 edition of From the Designer’s Desk is a delightful tour through successive iterations of design for a new book entitled Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, which we are honored to distribute for the Detroit Institute of Arts (the book accompanies an exhibition of the same

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From the Designer’s Desk: Frank Baseman

Our February 2015 edition of From the Designer’s Desk is a lively dispatch from from Frank Baseman, principal at Baseman Design Associates. 1.) Why did you pursue Design, rather than, say, Painting or Architecture or Sculpture? I dunno, I thought about Architecture for a little while when I was a kid—or

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