Saturday, February 28, 2009

Harry Potter Redesign

Oh Mind! Look at these redesigned The Harry Potter book covers by M.S. Corley. They are simply gorgeous and really do look like classic Penguin Books. Well-chosen imagery from each story. If these will eventually come out in prints or even better, in books, I will definitely want to buy them.

For the time being, thanks to the designer of making all the images available in larger format (981x1600 pixels), I am content to print them out and wrap it on the original books.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Statistical Analysis .....

I also bought this cute handmade book, Statistical Analysis of The Thing That Happen But Don't Matter  by Sarah McNeil  at Casual Poet. You can also purchase her beautiful drawings and made things at etsy shop.

Books & Cigarettes

After two weeks of continuously hectic working hours, top up with over 60 sleepless hours, I finally got to relax , spent some quiet moment and had a sumptuous dinner with my "incredible" at Casual Poet last evening.

And you know what ? A book by George Orwell was simply lying on the table and waiting for me, I suppose. A gentle reminder to me .....don't work too hard and read more books. ^_^ 
I like the cover design by Penguin, simple yet appealing.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Michelangelo. La Dotta Mano

Italian publisher Franco Maria Ricci has released a book created in honor of Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo depicting his life’s greatest works. The book’s cover features a reproduction of his Madonna della Scala fresco made of marble by artisans using the same techniques used by Michelangelo over five hundred years ago. The book contains detailed photographs of Michelangelo’s drawings and sculptures as well as an extensive history of his life and works. Weighing 62 pounds (about 21 kilograms ), only thirty three copies of the book will be made and available exclusively from Franco Maria Ricci. Each copy takes six months to make a by hand and comes with a 500-year warranty.

A Few days ago, a copy of thus far the world’s most expensive book, with a price tag of 100,000 euros (about 200,000 SGD),  was donated to our President SR Nathan from San Marino 's Ambassador Andrea Griminelli, showing the value of arts and culture but also a symbol of friendship between the two countries.

The book will be on display in our National Library in the near future.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

1st Day At Work

After a fairly long and fulfilling staycation (3 months, to be exact), I have started work today at a new organization.

Everything is fresh, interesting and indeed exhaustive ..... jobs keep on piling in without much time and any chance for me to familiarize with the workflows, the policies, and most importantly, my new colleagues as yet.

Nonetheless, I'm just happy to be back in full force. The mere drawback, I reckon, is that I will have lesser and lesser time for my reading ...... Alas!