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Resistance Library

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Part of our Harper Perennial Modern Thought series, this 5 book set of independent thought illuminates the nature of TRUTH, humanity’s dangerous attraction to AUTHORITARIANISM, the influence of MEDIA & MASS COMMUNICATION, and the philosophy of RESISTANCE. #ResistanceLibrary

Resistance Library

I like the look of this collection! Fun colors, fun type, great retro feel that reminds me of old jazz album art, old papers. Looks like they’re no longer printed, 404 on the website πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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All-caps Depression-era inspired font: Recovery

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This one screams book cover to me. I love how it clearly uses a historic aesthetic but also feels very usable today.

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Fun wide slab serif: Platia

Bookmarked Platia | I Love Typography (I Love Typography)

Platia is a modern revival of the Hellenic Wide style that was popular in the 19th century. It retains the wide slab look while updating the details, especially curled legs, to enhance its elegance. It comes with Greek and Cyrillic in 9 weights. Platia means β€˜wide’ in Greek (i.e. Hellenic).

Love that lowercase k and uppercase R 😍 That lowercase a and g are also pleasing. I rarely have reason to use slab serifs but would love to have an excuse to use this one!

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Read White Rapids

Read White Rapids by Pascal Blanchet

The rise and fall of a Canadian town. Blanchet seamlessly blends fact and fiction as he weaves together the official history of the town and snapshots of the quotidian life of its residents. Blanchet’s unique, streamlined, retro-inspired aesthetic draws on art deco and fifties modernist design to vividly conjure up idyllic scenes of lazy summer days and crisp winter nights in White Rapids, transporting the reader back to a more innocent time.

wordless spread of two illustrations of the exterior and interior of a hunting cabin in Quebec

cover of White Rapids showing powerlines receding into the distance in tans, browns and orangesLess graphic novel, more historical vignette, almost an exhibition in book form. Honestly this is the type of project I would love to do though I’m not sure how successful it was.

Love the limited color palette and fun period evocative illustration. Clever page layouts and playful uses of type (though I would quibble with some of the type combos).

spread illustrating an alarm being sounded at the dam at White RapidsThis is often how I feel about Drawn & Quarterly books — I’m drawn to their visuals, but the story doesn’t grab me.

What this leaves me with is the community this town lost when it was shuttered. Despite not being fully a story, I thought the ending of this book carried a sense of that loss. Blanchet dedicated several spreads to carry the weight.

illustration of board room meeting with silouhetted figures and illustrated crest of two horses on a shieldI have a promotional postcard of this cover framed with two other postcards I got at 2007 San Diego Comic-Con, a memento of the event. (Hung it in a bathroom for a few years and picked up some water damage.) So in a sense, I’ve been meaning to read this for almost 15 years.

framed postcards of an octopus illustration, cover of Shortcomings, and cover of White Rapids