Everyday design that works

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Here at Blurb we’re committed to great design–from our easy-to-use BookSmart software to the beautiful, bookstore-quality books that people like you, ultimately, will make with it. Great design, like great books, shouldn’t be placed on a pedestal or sold for a fortune at chi-chi boutiques. It should be available to everyone.

Everyday design–the good, the bad, and the ugly–is the subject of a Allison Arieff’s Living Design column, which debuted today on New York Times Select (you gotta subscribe to imbibe). In her inaugural essay, Allison writes about everything from vintage Airstream trailers to hotel light switches. It’s a great read. We’re especially fond of the column because Allison’s the wife of our very own Creative Director Bryan Burkhart.

So congrats, Allison. Thanks to you, we’ll be looking at the ordinary objects in our lives a little more closely. Who knows? Maybe we’ll turn our observations into a new Blurb book!

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2 Comments

  1. I need more flexibility in the designing of a book. Your approach is more of a cookie-cutter scenario where I have to “FIT” my pictures into your designer’s vision of layout.
    Is there anyway to, for example, have a full bleed image on the cover of the dust jacket? Is there anyway that you can, for example has an image be two pages across the gutter (call double truck in the old days.)

    By milford
      December 3, 2006 – 3:31 pm   Permalink
  2. Hi Milford – We\’ve recently posted a tip on how to create a full-bleed spread across two pages. You can read it in our Handy Reference category.

    By Kathy
      December 4, 2006 – 10:59 am   Permalink

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