Archive for August, 2009

Winners Announced for Designing for the Greater Good

Posted on August 31, 2009. Filed under: 1 |

062909 Front cover and spine

At long last, we’ve posted the winners to this book.

For a complete list, simply select the “Winners Announced” link on this site:

Over 4,500 design firms submitted their work for possible publication.

Only 325 design firms were selected.

Thank you to everyone who submitted.

The book will be in stores in Jan. 2010.

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The story of our life…

Posted on August 19, 2009. Filed under: 1 |

As many of you know, Crescent Hill Books is a book producer. This means we’re constantly pitching new book ideas to large publishers. This can sometimes be a frustrating process, but we were comforted when a friend sent us this cartoon, which was originally published in the 1950s.

This proves we are certainly not the first to travel this road…

Mad Magazine Cartoon

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Posted on August 7, 2009. Filed under: 1 |

1014 blue, white cover

For many months, The Mini Book of Great Logos has been listed on the Crescent Hill Books submission website. We received thousands of great logos. And then…the publisher paused production. (Dang this economy.)
The result has been frustrating to the hundreds of designers who kindly submitted their work to this book because the project has been sitting in limbo for several months.(Embarrassing to us, no doubt very annoying to you.)

Well, here’s the  scoop: In an effort to get the publisher excited about this project (again), we’re absolutely revamping this book.

We’ve changed the title to Logo-liscious (say it out loud; it’s fun); changed the cover design and pretty much given this wallflower a new personality.

Let us know what you think. All new covers created by Jim Nissen and his staff at Switch Studios in Tempe, Arizona.

blue yellow Logo-Liscious

Red purple Logo-lisciousgrey yellow LogoLuscious

REd Logo-Luscious

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Sample spreads from upcoming packaging book

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: 1 |


Coming in September 2009 from Rockport Publishers, Really Good Packaging, Explained focuses on our favorite form of eye-candy: product packaging.

This cover is actually metallic silver with a brown ‘belly-band’.  (What’s a belly-band? It’s pretty much a paperback slipcase that is open at the top and bottom, allowing it to slide on/off the book with ease).

This book is the sequel to Really Good Logos, Explained and has the same premise: four top designers critique hundreds of designs and explain- in six sentences or less – why they work. The result is a fascinating study of package design, from the folks who know this subject well.

Below are some of the beautiful spreads within this book:




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