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Most designers collect something. Old type specimen catalogs, vintage typewriter ribbon tins, french soap packaging, etc. I recently read Collections of Nothing, by William Davies King, a book about King's own odd collections (cereal boxes, water bottle labels, skeleton keys.. just to name a few). I loved King's book, but it was a memoir about collecting, what we collect and why... and what I really wanted was to spend some time with his actual collections.

This week I'll be guest blogging at Black*Eiffel. I've decided to share several of my own "collections of nothing"..  one or two a day through Saturday. I hope you'll join us.

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Reader Comments (11)

Just stopped in from Black Eiffel. LOVE your blog!

I love that book too - I'll be so interested to see your collections!



06.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterVivi

I stepped by, it is great!

06.9.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJujube

You're lucky Travis isn't your husband. I'm only (grudgingly) allowed to collect ONE thing (cookie cutters) and they must be hidden from sight. I have a plant to start collecting cake plates someday... if he ever gets wind of it, his head will explode.

06.9.2009 | Unregistered Commentersara

As you'll see in the coming days Sara, all my collections are of things that are tiny! I can fit the whole lot in a shoebox.

06.9.2009 | Registered CommenterBrooke

Gorgeous. I'm going to have to check it out.

06.9.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBri

I came across your blog yesterday and read EVERY single post. The books you've designed are delicious and I could frame every single cover. What a talented person you are. Thanks for the fun reading!

06.11.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlly

An excerpt from Collections of Nothing by William Davies King is available on the University of Chicago Press website. Also his essay titled "Nothing to Speak About."

06.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterDean

What a funny coincidence! That book was designed by my brilliant design manager, Jill Shimabukuro ... and I'm working on the paperback adaptation of the jacket design! (Love your blog, by the way!)

06.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterThao

Just want you to know that this book is now on my nightstand, courtesey of your blog and Amazon's quick delivery. Can hardly wait to dive into it!

06.25.2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Checking back in--hope you see this, but THANKS, many thanks for recommending this book. I read it over last week and found much to annotate, laugh over and see in myself, a collector of collections. It's terrific.


07.5.2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

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