"Review ÂInspirational and revealing. . . . Birdsall comes across not only as a brilliant craftsman but also a gifted teacher. . . . A vital book for students of book design and typography and an extremely readable journey through BirdsallÂs career.ÂÂMark Sinclair, Creative Review."
"you knew it had to make the list. the modern master - part of the talented design team at Knopf going back to the early 90's. His work helped redefine the breadth, scope, and impact of the modern book jacket."
"i can't really describe how much i love this little book. if your like me, you love looking at other people's book shelves ... sometimes more interesting than small talking etc. it's like peeking into the interesting aspects of how each library reflects much of it's respective owner(s)."
"Printed on the occasion of Penguins 75th anniversary .... this is a very interesting look into the process of designing and refining cover design, as well as the personalities involved ... but limited in scope - lot of good history left out."
"from Amazon's Product Description: The definitive guide to bookmaking for the next generation. Bookmaking, first published in 1965 and revised in 1979, was the unchallenged introduction to the industry for newcomers, a reference for experienced hands, and a textbook for students."
"From Amazon's description: In this groundbreaking and lavishly illustrated history, authors Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger establish American book cover design as a tradition of sophisticated, visual excellence that has put shape to our literary landscape. Enough historical background to keep this title a relevant resource."
"Far few examples than the title above, but there are more essays and interviews with numerous designers and influential critics. (FYI: since the range of work is limited relative to the publication date, this book may seem a bit dated to some)."
"The unassuming and inexpensive (and perhaps overlooked) book is actually packed with an interesting history of the paperback, from humble beginnings, to the expansion and diversification (in both range of subject matter, but visual trends) of this medium."
"This is really a sort of entry-level, informal (but very thorough and comprehensive), and highly accessible books for editorial design with a consistent focus on user/reader based objectives. It's done is a sort of rapid-viz style, mostly sketched ink thumbnails which do an excellent job of conveying the authors ideas, strategies, tips, and techniques."