Focus: ‘Vintage’ book design

Infamous Foundry

The Infamous Press is a series of ‘unreleased’ books from the late 60s to the early 80s. It was created by Morten Iveland (morteniveland.net) as a celebration of great vintage book and magazine covers. He says, “Pure self satisfaction was the aim. I had no idea where it would take me, but the end result was 35 book covers.

“I get inspiration from a lot of different elements, places and sites, but I generally turn to second hand book and magazine shops. Penguin and Pelican books from the 60s also make excellent inspiration. Horror and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s are also high on the list.

“For most of these pieces I have used Photoshop and Illustrator, but what gives it that little extra is the scanned textures. Second hand books, old newspapers, wood etc, give detailing to the design.

“I focus on the texture of generally-found elements that are scanned, as it gives great depth and detailing to the book covers. But the main emphasis is on creating great typography that stays true to the style
of that era.

“I custom made the font for designs like Ligatures and An Introduction To The Scandiavian Alphabet. I drew influences, of course, from already established fonts from that period.”