I popped into 'Magma' bookshop in Manchester's Northern Quarter yesterday to buy a copy of 'The Where the Why and the How'. (Still having problems remembering the order of the words of the title.)
Compiled and designed by Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman and Matt Lamothe (partners of Chicago and New York based design firm ALSO), 'The Where The Why and The How' is an exploration of the many wonders of science through the eyes of artists. It features the work of 75 artists/illustrators, who each have based artwork as a response to questions like how we got here to where we are going, why we dream, how stars are born and die, and other mysteries of life and the universe we live in. Illustrators whose work features in this book include Jon Klassen, Pietari Posti, Gemma Correll, Camilla Engman and Jeremyville to name a few. Each illustration has also been paired with answers to the questions explained in essays by real working scientists.
It is indeed a science book like no other, and I'm sure for many like me, the main reason for buying the book was to enjoy the artwork more than anything else. I first saw the book mentioned on Julia Rothman's blog: book-by-its-cover (whose illustration features in the book and who is part of the team of designers who put together this book). I should also mention that book-by-its cover is one of my favourite blogs. Currently the site is under development, but if you've never seen it, it's a fantastic series of posts and reviews of amazing artist books in all their forms ranging from children's books, one off fine art publications, handmade books, zines, magazines, sketchbooks and others. The site also features numerous publications and zines created by one of my tutors from University, Craig Atkinson and his independent publishing house, Cafe Royal.
If you're not already aware of the blog (book-by-its-cover), then check it out. You'll get lost in the endless posts and the sheer beauty of the books and work that are featured.
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