Wednesday, March 30, 2011


LetterMpress is a project by graphic designer John Bonadies to create a virtual letterpress environment for the iPad that will allow users to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints:

The design process is the same as the letterpress process—you place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print. You will be able to create unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using authentic vintage wood type and art cuts. And you can print your design directly from LetterMpress or save it as an image or import it into other applications.

Read the entire article by clicking the link below.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Shortlist Aqua Reading

Shortlist READINGS Lansdowne Prize for Poetry Nominees Reading

When: Thursday, March 31st at 7 pm
Location: Aqua Books (274 Garry Street, between Graham and Portage). Cost: FREE!

Jonathan Ball, Ariel Gordon and Lori Cayer have been shortlisted for this year's Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie.

Bookstore owner Kelly Hughes will hand out the prize at the Manitoba Book Awards on April 17, but in the meantime, Aqua Books is continuing its tradition of hosting nominee readings.

Award-winning writer Chandra Mayor will host.

Jonathan Ball is the author of the poetry books Ex Machina (BookThug, 2009) and Clockfire (Coach House, 2010). He holds a Ph.D. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary. His film Spoony B appeared on The Comedy Network, and his writing has appeared in The Believer and Harper’s. He is the former editor of dandelion and the former short films programmer for the Gimli Film Festival.

Ariel Gordon is a writer whose first book of poetry, Hump, was published in spring 2010. How to Prepare for Flooding, a collaboration with designer Julia Michaud, is forthcoming from JackPine Press in 2011. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.

Lori Cayer’s second volume of poetry, Attenuations of Force, was released by Frontenac House in 2010 as a finalist in the Dektet Series. Her first poetry collection, Stealing Mercury (The Muses’ Company, 2004), won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book in Manitoba in 2004, and in 2005 Lori won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. She serves as co-editor of English poetry for CV2 and is co-founder of the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie, part of the Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Manitoba Book Awards Shortlist

Congratulations to Ariel Gordon for being nominated in two categories!

The Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers are pleased to announce the Manitoba Book Awards shortlists. The awards will be presented at the Manitoba Book Awards gala, on Sunday April 17th at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain and hosted by Catherine Hunter. Cocktails are at 7:00 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie

Attenuations of Force
by Lori Cayer, published by Frontenac House

by Jonathan Ball, published by Coach House Books

Hump by Ariel Gordon, published by Palimpsest Press

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

Black Bottle Man by Craig Russell, published by Great Plains Teen Fiction

Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools
by Theodore Fontaine, published by Heritage House Publishing

Gaze by Keith Cadieux, published by Quattro Books

High Speed Crow
by Sheila McClarty, published by Oberon Press

Hump by Ariel Gordon, published by Palimpsest Press

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Palimpsest Logo Design

Wicker Park Chocolates wanted a logotype that conveyed a friendly, accessible, and unique feel, while also retaining some sophistication. During the client interview, she described her chocolates as delicious and inexpensive. The ingredients are very accessible: milk and dark chocolate, caramel, fruit creams. Nothing too exotic or intimidating. She also indicated that her shop was casual, fun, and distinctive.

For the logotype I chose a font that has loads of personality and is the perfect balance between whimsy and sophistication. This logotype is not overly elegant and therefore doesn’t convey an expensive feel. It is unique and yet approachable.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Strange yet Amusing Book Covers

A flee on a dog. Gosh, that is a weird tale indeed.

Holy Easter egg, Bat Man looks cute in pink.

Don't worry little lady, I'll zap this goo creature with my eye scanner.