Uncomfortable

For our Frivolous Friday post, I bring you designer Katerina Kamprani’s “Uncomfortable Project”. It’s all about re-designing common household products into frustratingly unusable objects. One look at them, and you’ll see why….but I bet you’ll also be howling with laughter.

bad design ideasHow about a set of stairs that lead just far enough away from a door to be awkward? Or a pot with two handles….on the same side? Or a pair of rainboots with open toes? Right. Terrible designs, but brilliantly funny. Visit her website to see all of her current project ideas, or join her Facebook page for regular updates and design discussion.

These ideas will make you start looking at regular objects in a brand new way, I guarantee. Any ideas of your own? How about a pair of glasses that aren’t joined at the bridge of the nose? Or a round bar of soap? The possibilities are endless, really.

Kindle Cover Disasters

Since we’re almost finished with Camp NaNoWriMo, a lot of our writers have been thinking about self-publishing. It’s a lot of work—including the creation of a book cover.

When a book is traditionally published, there is usually an art department involved in creating the cover art. They don’t just throw something together…..a lot of thought is put into designing the perfect cover, one that reflects the theme of the book and will entice people to buy it. There are colours to consider, font sizes, images and more. The perfect cover will sell a book faster than word of mouth.

But what about people who are trying to market their own books? They don’t always have the benefit of knowing how to create something online….or what will sell. Sometimes, they get it soooooooo wrong.  Here are some fabulous examples of Kindle book covers that should never have been, courtesy of the Tumblr page called “Kindle Cover Disasters”.

coversSome of the covers are a little, er, weird. This page is not for everyone, but you’ll get a laugh out of some of these.  I don’t suspect any of them will get picked up and traditionally published with these covers. Lucky for us, I don’t think we’ll need to display these at the library any time soon.

Do you have a favourite bad book cover to share? Let us know!

 

 

Frivolous Friday…not so frivolous!

I’m always looking for new ways to keep my life organized. Library things. Home things. They all need some organization! And a fun printable will do the trick. I might even get excited about using it, and then stay more organized as a result. Because really, who has more than THREE big items to accomplish in a day?

DAILY-TO-DO-LISTSDrop by Design LoveFest to download the free printable and find out more about how to make your day easier. Do it! You’ll feel so much better about Monday, I promise.

Did You Know?

screenIf you haven’t been using our new website, we think you should give it a try. It might look different from our old catalog, but it’s got lots of great new features. And one of the best is our ONLINE RESOURCES!

If you click on the tab on the left of the page that says, Online Resources, you’ll come to a new menu that allows you to explore the resources based on what you’re looking for. Try “Genealogy and History” if you’re looking for links to Ancestry.com library edition, the World History Collection, or Our Ontario. Or click on “Health and Wellness” if you would like an easy way to find information about a medical problem or health question, choosing Consumer Health Complete, a Multilingual Health Database, or even a Teen Health and Wellness link. It’s easy to search any of these databases, either from home or while you’re at the library. It’s a great resource that we’re proud to offer to our patrons.

One of the great “book” related links is called NoveList (or NoveList K-8 for the younger set). Click on that link and you’ll be brought to a fantastic search engine that will help you search for books by your favourite author, see what’s coming next in a series, and even get recommendations for authors who write in a similar style. No more wondering what to read next!

You can find all of these links at our online catalog. Take a few minutes to explore it. You might be surprised at what we have to offer!

Book Covers

We don’t often think too much about book covers or how they’re designed, but sometimes, special attention goes into creating something very special.  The just released book entitled THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton, has brought about some significant excitement, and with it, a different book cover for the UK version. The book itself is about a young woman in the 17th century who creates a magical dollhouse that begins to predict the future.

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You can read more about Ms. Burton on her website, and follow her research into 17th Century Amsterdam  to learn how this book came about. The UK book cover took quite a turn from this North American cover, showing the actual dollhouse in a very creative format. How lovely to see them hand-painting the font etc.!  You can watch how it was created below.

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Sometimes it amazes me how much work can go into a single book!  But this book is getting a lot of buzz right now, so it’s sure to be worth the effort. Would you like to read it?

Hand Lettered Book Covers

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As a children’s librarian, I’m often taken with the creative talents of illustrators, especially in picture books. Often, the pictures and lettering tell as much about a book as the story itself. One of my particular favourites is Oliver Jeffers, author/illustrator extraordinaire. He creates simple drawings that are delightful, but his hand-lettering style is also something that sets his books apart.  It’s easy to pick out a piece of his work through his distinctive style. You can see some of his work above.

Lately, though, hand lettered book covers have been taking over the shelves.  From the wonderful lettering of Marion Deuchers seen below….

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….to a similar look by Steph von Reiswitz  below:

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Hand lettering is deceptively simple. It must not only be legible, but have a stylized look to it. Give it a try. Write anything you like on a piece of paper….but try to make it easy to read and yet interesting. Thinking twice about how easy it looks? These artists are amazing!

So, the next time you see a book on the shelves with an illustrated cover, don’t ignore the simplicity of it. These illustrators will be happy to know you understand!

Need a Resume?

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We often have people who come to the library to update their resumes. Our computers are equipped with the basic Word program, and while you can produce some pretty sleek looking resumes from the templates, I’ve always thought there must be a better way to stand out (aside from printing those resumes on ivory paper). And while I’ve been using Creative Market for all kinds of great design ideas, I’ve never thought about finding fabulous resume templates there. But if you’re in the market for an update, check them out NOW!

Would you use one of these templates?