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

The Burl Ives Song Book by Le Goullon

Here’s a song book titled ” The Burl Ives Song Book” Illustrated by R. J. Lee and Lamartine Le Goullon. But I decided to focus only on Le Goullon’s illustrations. I recently came around a few of his pieces and I was very impressed by his style. It’s very detailed and loose at the same time. This book is thick and filled with illustrations. I tried to show the best here. Enjoy!

Design: Le Goullon | Year: 1953 | Photo: Javier García