3 Harry Potter Cover Redesigns We Need Right Now!

3 Harry Potter Cover Redesigns We Need Right Now!

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The internet is full of strange and wonderful things, and it seems like everyone online has more talent in their pinkie than I do in my whole body. I love it. There’s a wonderfully large community for book cover redesigns, and every cover re-designers should probably have professional book design jobs. You may ask, will we ever have enough designs for Harry Potter dust jackets? These artists don’t seem to think so.   1. Art Deco Redesign by asheaths on Tumblr   These are simple but punchy, and they would make beautiful display copies. The shelf envy would be so …

How Did 16th Century Doctors Get Their Anatomical Info? Pop Up Books, of Course!

How Did 16th Century Doctors Get Their Anatomical Info? Pop Up Books, of Course!

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Today, we use books for everything. Seriously, everything. Way back when, however, books were expensive, difficult to produce, and uncommon among the public. About this time, humanity was discovering biology, anatomy, the inner workings of the human body as a whole.    Illustration and artwork was a powerful tool for those studying anatomy, but issues arose from a two-dimensional drawing representing the three-dimensional reality that is the human body. The answer? Flaps.   Image via Atlas Obscura, Wellcome Library, London.   Atlas Obscura recently wrote about how what were essentially pop-up books were used as medical documents at this time. Pop up books are …

Edgar Allan Poe’s Creepy Tales Spring to Life

Edgar Allan Poe’s Creepy Tales Spring to Life

Edgar Allan Poe’s life was, like, pretty weird. At twenty-six, he married his thirteen-year-old cousin (not cool), he was obsessed with cats (cool), he died in a state of confusion after being found running through the streets in a stranger’s clothing.  His whole existence was a bit bizarre from beginning to end. Well, the weirdity and strangeressness continues, because now, over 150 years later, there is an extravagant pop-up book based on his tale ‘The Raven.’ It is entitled Raven: A Pop-Up Book and it looks pretty nice.      The detail in this book is incredible, and the video itself is so mesmerizing. It’s the perfect …