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Best Book Covers of 2007? You Be the Judge

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The nice people at Murketing directed us towards the first of many, many, many, many, many, many, many end of the year round up lists, compiled by The Book Design Review blog. Peruse these picks of the best book covers of 2007—including some of our favorites by Chip Kidd, Rodrigo Corral, Paul Sahre and the fabulous specimen to the left by Evan Gaffney.

Vote for your favorite at the end or enter into the fray in the comments. Let the best-of season begin!

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Debbie Millman’s Party Packs the House

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As we lamented that we couldn’t be there to toast Debbie Millman‘s book release (and revealed we were drinking ourselves to sleep instead) one faithful UnBeige reader had the presence of mind to document the evening. Jonathan Selikoff got three shots, including one of Millman basking in Massimo Vignelli‘s charm above (those Vignellis sure do get out a lot). He also tells us that just as Simon Williams gave a nice, rambling toast on behalf of Millman, there was a chant of “Debbie! Debbie! Debbie!”

Also spotted by our informants: Paul Sahre, James Victore, Felix Sockwell, Rodrigo Corral (who designed her book’s cover), Khoi Vinh, Scott Stowell and Emily Oberman, plus a report that in the elevator on the way down, a woman said that if a bomb had gone off in the room, the NY design scene would cease to exist. Sounds like our kind of party.

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How to Party Like a Great Graphic Designer

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You’ve seen the Rodrigo Corral-designed cover, you’ve read the excerpted interview with James Victore, heck, you may have even pre-ordered your own copy of of Debbie Millman‘s new book, How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer. But do you have the invite to Millman’s book release party? Well, now you do.

Tuesday, October 30th
6:30 to 8:30pm

Fifth Avenue Loft
78 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Street

Special performance by Smalls Recording Artist
Chris Byars Trio

Special wine tasting provided by E & J Gallo Winery

Please rsvp to Lisa Grant at lisa.g AT sterlingbrands.com

Print’s Party Was Packed, But Ours Had Craig Newmark

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Although we were nearly deterred by the swamplike streets of Little Italy (don’t tell us to get over it, we’re from Los Angeles), many braved the overflowing gutters to check out Print’s New Visual Artists last Thursday night in NY. The roster of 20 very international artists–all under 30–and hundreds of their new best friends packed into the superskinny Groupe space on Elizabeth Street and toasted each other with two flavors of vodka–huckleberry (pretty good) or peach caffeinated (dangerous).

Among the wet and well-dressed were Print editor Joyce Rutter Kaye looking glamorous in a blue silky top, Leif Parsons, looking tall, and bespectacled Debbie Millman (heading home to prep for her show with Barbara Kruger the next day). Print staffers Emily Gordon and Lindsay Ballant were both busy playing hostess. We congratulated 2007 inductee Kevin Smith and past honoree Rob Giampietro, who informed us that Rudy VanderLans was in town for a photo show at Park Avenue Armory.

Print contributors Alice Twemlow and David Womack nodded their heads to the strains of almost-too-old school hip hop, although, really, how can you go wrong with “Cool It Now“? We gazed at Jane art director Jeff Glendenning‘s t-shirt but couldn’t quite place it until he told us he used to work at the NYT Magazine…oh yeah, that one. Afterwards we ducked around the corner for fresh-n-fruity drinks at Cafe Habana with Khoi Vinh, Aviva Michaelov and Brian Rea, and we were later joined by the delightfully-bookish Rodrigo Corral.

It was much drier the next evening when we gathered around the koi ponds and cocaine-fabulous decor of Chinatown Brasserie (Seriously, mirrored club chairs? No.) for the mediabistro.com party, where more than a few mai tais were tossed back by familiar faces that included Adam Greenfield, Liz Danzico, Rachel Abrams, Sam Potts and Louise Ma (later we collected Allan Chochinov and Emma Presler). Man-of-the-hour was a toss up between a jovial Craig Newmark (of List fame) or Jesse Kirshbaum, who is now the proud owner of the first-ever UnBeige shirt. Even though he had absolutely no idea what we wrote about.

How To Think Like a Great Graphic Designer–Really

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How about this juicy exclusive? It seems that golden-throated Debbie Millman has written a book, and it’s all about how “intellect fuels creativity and how creativity fuels intellect” using graphic designers as role models. And, it’s called How To Think Like a Great Graphic Designer.

Heller‘s handling the intro, and it features a stellar lineup of Sagmeister, Carson, Bierut, Scher, Vignelli, Glaser…and, a cover design by Rodrigo Corral that we absolutely love.

And, which we have here, in all its glory.