Mendel in the Mittel

The News from Central Europe:

Poland: I am judging a Polish book design competition hosted by none other than image-master Will Schofield of 50Watts (formerly Journey Round My Skull).

This should be really fun. "Design the Polish edition of your favorite book." And why wouldn't you? The more I see of Polish book covers, the more I think every book I work on or read should look like one. And the prizes are awesome. Also participating, the editors of the incredible book 1000 Polish Book Covers which is a must have for serious book designers. If you can't afford to buy it: try to win it.

Czech Republic: An interview I participated in, touching on Czech literature and design. (NB I've been trying to find convenient ways to insinuate my guinea pig Dwayne into various interviews and this is the first time I've been wholly successful (thanks to Ludvik Vaculik). Have a look:

Hungary: An article on yours truly in which, well, um, in which, er, the uh...well I have no idea what it says. But I defy you to find an article on book design containing more diacritical marks per square inch.

Thanks to Akos Polgardi, Michael Stein, and "Wieslaw" Shofield for asking me to take part in their fine projects.


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Mario Hugo? Right? Amazing designer. Man oh MAN.

Jonathan Zawada? Anybody? Damn.

Triboro? Well, OBVIOUSLY.

Carin Goldberg? Personal hero of mine.

Ilovedust? Duh.

Abby Clawson Low? Amen.


SHOE? Heads of STATE?


David flippin' PEARSON?


Yomar Augusto?!?? Meesters, Barcelona, Troxler, Staehle, Schuurman, Letman...HOLY CHRIST!!!

I'm having a moment here. I need air.


Now, why, you may be asking yourselves, am I having this design-inspired cardiac episode? Funny you should ask...

My good pal Cardon Webb and I are curating a poster show and auction at the Type Director's Club, to benefit their scholarship fund.

We are calling the show:


and I beg you all to:

go to the show, hear the speeches, and most importantly, OPEN YOUR WALLETS AND BID ON THIS WORLD-HISTORICALLY GREAT WORK BY FIRMAMENT-DWELLING SUPER-BEINGS in order to benefit the TDC.

And just to wet your collective whistle:

Go. Now. And spend freely. It's for a great cause.