Par ici, la bonne cuisine by Jean Baches

I made a little trip across the continent to only a few of my favorite places on earth and I tried to pick up something from every place. This one came from Paris. It’s a fun book titled “Par ici, la bonne cuisine” illustrated by french artist Jean Bachés. Not sure if the inside is by Bachés but what stuck me on this was the collage on the cover. Here’s another example of Bachés work »

Design: Jean Bachés   |   Year: 1957   |   Photo Javier García

Columbia Masterworks Book cover by Alex Steinweiss

Here is a book cover designed by Alex Steinweiss titled “The Columbia Book of Musical Masterworks” in 1947. I normally think record covers when I think of Steinweiss so when I saw this book, I snagged it right away. As usual there is a nice play with type, image and texture. Enjoy!

Design: Alex Steinweiss   |   Year: 1947   |   Photo: Javier Garcia

Charley Harper Cookbook Giveaway!

I just didn’t quite get to do some Spring cleaning this year and some duplicate books are accumulating on my collection so I thought of giving away this exact copy of the beautiful Betty Crocker cookbook fully illustrated by the wonderful Charley Harper. The book is titled “Dinner for two” and it’s a small book of 207 pages, measuring roughly 5.75″ x 7.75″ The book is filled with fun illustrations all over.

You have a few options to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post and let me know if you’d be interested in another give away.
  2. Tweet the following message “Hey @javiergdesign count me in for the Charley Harper cookbook giveaway #design”
  3. Follow me on Twitter at @javiergdesign. (anyone who followed me starting August 27th is in)
  4. Leave a comment on this Flickr photo »

You can try a few of these to increase your odds. I will ship this anywhere in the world (as long as it can get there). I will randomly select a winner on and announce it on Friday August 7th 2012.

I hope you guys like this and if everything goes well I’ll have some other stuff to give away in the future. Stay in informed by following me on twitter at @javiergdesign or subscribe to the blog RSS feed.


Design: Charles Harper  |  Year: 1958   |   Photo: Javier García

P.G. Wodehouse Book cover by Olle Eksell

Here is a book cover designed and Illustrated by the swedish designer Olle Eksell. This was found all the way in Stockholm, Sweden and I was very excited to scavenge a copy of this magnificent book. The illustrations and colors in combination with the custom typography makes this cover vibrate with joy. Unfortunately the book is in swedish so I won’t get to read it. Enjoy!

Design: Olle Eksell   |   Year: 1952   |   Photo: Javier Garcia

The Bible speaks by Dan Bar-Giora

Here’s an interesting rendering of the bible for kids. It was printed in the Netherlands in 1965. Love the illustration, the bright colors and the limited palette. There’s quite a modern feel in this piece. Textures and background shapes are very interesting. Enjoy!

* Posted for illustration purposes, please refrain from religious comments.

Design: Dan Bar-Giora   |   Year: 1965   |   Photo: Javier García

La poderosa e Ineludible Gravedad by B Myers

Here’s a book I picked up at a flea market in México. It is the Spanish version of the book titled “Gravity All Around” illustrated by Bernice Myers. Illustrations, textures and colors are wonderful. Enjoy!

Design: Bernice Myers  |  Year: 1967   |   Photo: Javier García