Catching up: We’ve been designing books, not blogging

Our book design blog has been fairly quiet this year. 10 posts all year. That’s not much blogging. The lack of blogging isn’t from a lack of things to say, simply a lack of time with all the books that we’ve been designing. Despite the global economic crisis, the freelance book design business is healthy. Now, it’s time to make an effort to catch up on the blogging. And along the way perhaps we’ll get a chance to update our online portfolio, which is woefully out-of-date.

Stay tuned for more posts. I’ll be making brief posts about many of our current and recent projects while Ceci will offer more in-depth posts examining specific design aspects.

By |September 28th, 2009|Categories: Book Design|Tags: , |Comments Off on Catching up: We’ve been designing books, not blogging

WEBSITE REDESIGN

This blog has been silent for a while but we’ve been very busy here at sorodesign with a lot of exciting projects. With spring beginning here in Buenos Aires and fall arriving in North America, we’re going to return to blogging more often. Look forward to a lot of new posts about book design, plus we’ll be talking about several of the projects we’ve completed over the last few months.

Also, we’ve just recently completed a redesign of our own web site sorodesign. com and expanded our portfolio. We redesign the site every year, so this is our 3rd redesign. If you’ve not visited us lately, then click over and wander around.

By |September 1st, 2008|Categories: Book Design|Tags: , |Comments Off on WEBSITE REDESIGN

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year to all our readers!

By |December 31st, 2007|Categories: Book Design|Tags: , |1 Comment

THE CASE of the STOLEN PORTFOLIO

We were recently notified by someone that about a dozen of our book cover designs were being used by a book cover design firm in India. That was surprising news to us. I quickly contacted the company in India and demanded an explanation.

The Indian company promptly responded that the designs were provided to them by one of their designers. The manager of the company apologized, removed our book cover designs from their portfolio, and stated that the designer would be “punished”. Considering their quick response to this matter and their explanation I’ve decided not to link to that company or print their name in this post. Should I?

An odd aspect to this situation is that the firm didn’t include the stolen designs directly in their online portfolio but only in an e-mail to potential clients and labeled the designs as their extended portfolio. So, if someone had not notified us by e-mail then we would have never learned about this incident. I’m trying to have good faith in believing that the Indian firm actually did remove the cover designs and not just changed the location to a URL I do not know about.

Ultimately, it’s quite foolish for a designer to use another designer’s portfolio. What happens when the design thief cannot deliver the same quality of designs as presented in the portfolio?

It’s very common for book cover designers to be influenced by the covers of other designers. It’s something else to blatantly use another’s portfolio as one’s own.

By |December 19th, 2007|Categories: Book Design|Tags: , , |4 Comments

WEBSITE LAUNCH for ALE FIRSZT, illustrator

sorodesign recently completed the Web site for Argentine illustrator Alejandro Firszt. The design reflects Ale’s desire for a clean, minimalist layout.

Ale Firszt Illustrator

Authors and publishers interested in contracting with an illustrator should take a moment to examine Ale’s portfolio. He is an exceptional illustrator. Here are a couple of examples of his works:

By |December 13th, 2007|Categories: author websites|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

DESIGNING BOOK COVERS

We’ve been busy designing book covers the past few months. The online portfolio has been updated and we’ve also created a PDF portfolio for download.


book cover designs

By |November 20th, 2007|Categories: Book Design|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

NEW DESIGNS for BORGES

While maintaining a cohesive style across this series, we wanted to create three covers that each utilized a different aspect that is central to the writings of Borges: time, tigers, mirrors.

Collected Fictions by Borges


Collected Fiction Borges

Selected Poems by Borges


Selected poems Borges

Selected Non-Fictions by Borges


Selected non-fictions Borges

By |April 25th, 2007|Categories: Book Design|Tags: , , |Comments Off on NEW DESIGNS for BORGES

Book Design

Even in this technology age, where you’re even reading this online, books still surround us everyday. This blog, obviously, is dedicated to book design: exploring those aspects of design that make each book unique while also examining the craft that makes a set of cut, folded, printed, and bound paper into a book.

This blog will talk about typography, cover art, the layout of a book’s interior as well as other topics relating to book publishing. Along the way will be specific advice on using tools such as Adobe InDesign and a wealth of insight into book design.

By |October 18th, 2006|Categories: Book Design|Tags: |Comments Off on Book Design