Sunday, March 16, 2014

Billions and Billions of Bookmarks...

Greetings, Earthlings!

You may or may not remember this, but over the past year I've been working on a series of bookmarks for my favorite bookstore ever, Bookpeople of Moscow.   That's our local bookstore.  And it should be your favorite bookstore, too.  I don't mean that Bookpeople should be your favorite, even though it's an awesome bookstore.  I mean your local bookstore should be your favorite bookstore.

Anyhoo, I've done two of these bookmarks so far.  Each features a map of the store and the locations of the various sections.  Each is also based on a different kind of map.  For instance, here be one based on a treasure map:

And here's one based on a subway map:

And now there's a new map to add to the collection: The Night Sky.

The idea for this map came from a couple of different places.  The first was star maps (the kind old-timey sailors might have used, not the kind you buy if you want to see Dustin Hoffman taking out his garbage).  The second was the idea that books are a kind of exploration.  Really, the entire set of maps is based on that premise.  In this case, I think space and books are fairly analogous.  They're both exciting, mysterious, and almost infinite.

I kept the design on this relatively flat and bright because I wanted it to be playful.  Playful aesthetics don't come particularly easily to me, but I think this map hits the mark.  As always, the details are my favorite parts (like the glow behind the moons and the tail behind the rocket).

These are so much fun to make.  I have a lot of different kinds of jobs.  Some are interesting, some are tedious.  This is one of those projects that makes me recognize how totally excellent my job is.


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