Four hundred years after it was first published, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote is still commonly hailed as one of the finest novels ever written. Now the adventures of the feeble-brained hidalgo who think he’s a knight and his squat, trusty companion Sancho Panza have finally been collected into the mega-volume of graphic design porn they deserve.
Published by the always brilliant minds at Visual Editions, who previously gave the surreal hypertext of Tristram Shandy this jaw-dropping makeover, this latest version of Don Quixote uses design to explore the meta-fictional nature of the text.
Much of Don Quixote‘s effect lies in the juxtaposition of the way the chivalry-mad title character sees the world, and the way it actually is. The most famous example is Quixote fighting windmills he imagines to be giants. In the Visual Editions version, Quixote’s unique viewpoint of the world is separated from the rest of the text with sky blue fonts, footing the errant knight’s every word firmly in the clouds.
Source: Don Quixote Gets A Stunning Graphic Makeover
From the books and movies that inspired Guillermo del Toro, to his must travel guide (with all the spooky intel), here is what GDT is feeling.
Right now, Guillermo del Toro is everywhere. The group art show dedicated to his work may have recently ended, but with the October 16 premiere of his latest movie Crimson Peak, del Toro has kept busy with a press tour. Today, Bergdorf Goodman also unveiled the Fifth Avenue window they dedicated to the new gothic romance.
All this extra attention on del Toro couldn’t be better timed. We’ve decided to declare October the month of del Toro, Oct-Toro-ber if you will. After all, it’s pretty perfect that his birthday falls in the same month as Halloween, considering he’s the creator of some of the spookiest creatures in cinema.
In honor of his 51st, we are looking at the books, movies, and other influences that have impacted his life and art, according to his Twitter. Below are 13 things that have shaped del Toro.
Crimson Peak opens in theaters on October 16, 2015.
Source: El Malpensante
Brevísimo manual para jóvenes editores
Mucho muy lejos me hallo de poder contar experiencias como las de mi admirado Maxwell Perkins, pero ni siquiera ese verdadero Maxwell Smart se refirió nunca a su cuidadosa labor de zapa; lo que se sabe es por su correspondencia privada, hecha pública después de su muerte. El trabajo conjunto con un autor –el corte, pulido, escarmenado y musicalización de un original, la paternidad de las ideas, la organización de un conocimiento para transmitirlo por escrito– es de una intensidad y una intimidad tales que, como los secretos de familia, se resiente al ser expuesto a la luz del día. A la espera de la demencia senil que me hará contar lo que no debo y enseñar lo que no sé, entonces, vayan apenas unos consejos de buena fe para quien se inicia en este oficio de corte y confección invisible.
“Creative individuals are more likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other one, too. A predisposition to psychological androgyny.” -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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