Archive for May, 2007

Repurposed Cassette Tapes

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007


I recently hit the found object jackpot. After discovering the potential that cassette tapes hold as book covers, a whole world of possibility opened up. I started out using a cassette as the front cover of a book and its matching lyric insert for the back cover. A few of these are pictured here: Indigo Girls, Lionel Richie and Bruce Springsteen (I can’t help but laugh at Bruce’s butt on the back cover). Recently, I paired some unusual cassettes with old book covers. I love the uniqueness of these. Now that garage sale season has started… I may be unstoppable!

Typography Sleuth

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007


Instant lettering had its heydey before I began design school. In a way, I think that I missed out. Although kerning type with a computer is about 1000 times easier than with rub-off lettering, there is something extremely satisfying about using the stuff. Thankfully, there are piles of it just waiting to be found and used. I have used rub-off lettering in my paintings for several years, but just recently became interested in introducing it into bookbinding projects. I particularly like how it lends itself to treating typography as images, rather than just symbols or characters to be read and understood.