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‘Tis (Nearly) The Season

With the holidays right around the corner, I’ve decided to put my artistic talents to use this year by making personalized bookplate sets. A little bit too sure of myself (and my design skills), I figured this would be a simple project. How hard could it be to make elegant ownership labels for my book collecting friends and family?

Little did I know! Classy bookplate design isn’t for amateurs without imagination (or time). It’s for the creative pros. The more I researched the vibrant history of bookplates, the more I realized the rich world of “ex libris” would provide more inspiration than I could possibly imagine — not only for my homemade gift project but for my other design work as well.

Amid the plethora of sites available online about bookplates, my favorites — to date — include the following resources:

Is anyone else interested in bookplates and/or know of bookplate designers worth checking out?

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PUBLISHED ON Nov.05.2002 BY joy olivia
Joy Olivia’s comment is:

Okay, since no one seems to be keen on exploring ex libris as potential holiday gifts, I'm guessing everyone is either planning to do shopping online for traditional presents... or make something other than bookplates.

If you plan to use your design skills for out-of-the-ordinary presents, tell us what you're doing. Don't be shy. I know there are some Martha Stewarts of the graphic design world out there, just like me. Share!

On Nov.05.2002 at 01:26 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Yeah baby!. Grrrrrrrr. Nude & Erotic.

My dad is going to love your post, he is always designing ex-libris for him or my mom. And he has hungarian blood, so he is going to enjoy the 'Hungarian Bookplates' link.

There is some really impressive artwork in the links you have provided. But this is the best one, by far... ok, I'll stop now.

On Nov.05.2002 at 01:38 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Oh! and there is some cool Book Arts stuff at Briar Press for your downloading enjoyment.

On Nov.05.2002 at 01:41 PM
joktu’s comment is:

May we see some of Joy's bookplates?

On Nov.05.2002 at 02:37 PM
Joy Olivia’s comment is:

I promise, once I have something worth wasting your time on... I'll show and tell. Or at least show. So far, I'm experimenting with a look that's a cross between art nouveau and Baz Luhrmann/Catherine Martin.

In the meantime, look at what someone sent to me by e-mail -- Martha Stewart's got official bookplates! Egads.

(Warning -- if you're anti-Acrobat, the previous Martha Stewart link goes directly to a pdf file.)

On Nov.05.2002 at 04:25 PM
Stan Chin’s comment is:

Hi, long time lurker first time poster and all that jazz. Just thought I'd alert you that I've mentioned this post on the mother of community blogs that is Metafilter. Wonderful links by the way, and love the site in general.

On Nov.06.2002 at 10:03 AM
Joshua Lurie-Terrell’s comment is:

Joy - please contact me as I have A) a number of bookplates to show you and B) I have roughly 10 gigs of rights-free public domain art scanned in from old books and type specimen catalogs to share. Also, anyone else who likes that kind of stuff. JLT

On Nov.06.2002 at 11:55 AM