Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Neil Gaiman's 'Make Good Art' Speech (text arranged by Chip Kidd)

This 'Make Good Art' speech is Neil Gaiman's commencement address at Philadelphia's University of the Arts. Here is the speech, so if you really want to know what the book is about, watch the video below.

With the entire speech online, you don't really need to buy this book. But if you like books with text arranged in interesting ways, you could consider this.

Because it's a speech, there's enough words to play around with, but not so much that it gets bothersome (imagine Les Miserables being arranged like that - how thick would the book be?). And because the words are the stars, it's possible to emphasize certain words or sections via colour or size or placement.

And generally, I like this book. It's pretty interesting to read, and it looks nice. Except for when the text goes sideways or superimposed. I really prefer not to have to hold a book sideways just to read a text. And even if you use two different font colours, it's hard to read words that are superimposed on each other. But that's pretty much my complaints about the book.

This will probably make a cool present for people interested in writing, designing, or any aspect of the arts. 

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