Beautiful/Decay Book 2 Preview!

Preview of the front cover along with the flap that folds inside designed by master of bits, Julien Ducourthial.

Preview of the Book 2 front cover along with the flap that folds inside. Designed by master of bits, Julien Ducourthial.


The second edition of Beautiful/Decay has just been sent to press last week! The theme is “What A Mess!” and plays with the idea of “messyness” in all sorts of mediums and in my humble opinion, features some of my personal favorite artists to date (pssst, be sure to subscribe and reserve your copy because they’re sure to run out fast). We went back to the basics of art making (highly refined practice of hot glue-gunning pom-poms and popsicle sticks, you know, the stuff you learned in kindergarten) to create some essential elements in the layout design. Then from there we started exploring the faded and slightly warped visual language of scanned print outs to create the feeling of an artist’s studio or workspace. You’ll see a couple different examples as to what that means exactly in the spreads I’m giving you a sneak peak on. See the craziness after the jump!


Some supplies we used. Furry puffz and eyeballz!

Some supplies we used to create an alphabet. Furry puffz and eyeballz!

Spread for painter Mortiz Schleime. You can see in this and the following image that the column widths used for each article are different.

Spread for painter Mortiz Schleime. You can see in this and the following image that the column widths used for each article are different.


Spread for artist Melanie Bonajo.

Spread for artist Melanie Bonajo.


Opening spread for sculptor Aaron Curry's article.

Opening spread for sculptor Aaron Curry's article.


Sneak of Julien's article in InDesign.

Sneak of Julien's article in InDesign.


Sneak of the Project Pages section of Book 2. 14 different artists interpret "What A Mess!". Aweeeesome.

Sneak of the Project Pages section of Book 2. 14 different artists interpret "What A Mess!". Aweeeesome.

There concludes our tour. But if you like what you see…


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