Inspiration: Book Typography

Inspiration: Book Typography

Jessica Tata
May 19, 2009

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We get a kick out of the argument of whether or not to organize your books by color. While we admit to doing it rather obsessively, there are those that make the point that it doesn't make any sense bibliographically. But what about taking it to the next level and spelling out words on your bookshelves...

Photographer and graphic designer Amandine Alessandra has created an alphabet based on arranging colored books on a shelf. We love the idea of creating a message or image in one's bookshelf, and Alessandra has taken this to a type-centric level.

Alessandra created a poster that is an adaptation of Thomas Fuller's phrase "A book that is shut is but a block." Available on Design Marketo, this creative use of books for their shape and color rather than their content is intriguing. While we may not go this far on our own bookshelves, we've got our eye on this poster!

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