Astonishing in the consistency of his playfulness; a master amateur, a cerebral primitive. Respectfully irreverent, classically contemporary, a designer pianist artist philosopher, Peter Mendelsund is the (incredibly) self-taught Associate Art Director for Knopf, one of the largest publishing imprints in the world.
The genius of Mendelsund's work is not only in his ability to condense massive concepts down to their beautiful, irreducible graphic symbols, but to consistently do so almost entirely free of gimmick or preconception. Mendelsund's work is a study in graphic forms born entirely of concept and self-evidence.
Thanks so much for agreeing to an interview with
Varsity Bookmarking, Peter.
How are you feeling today?
Where do you live?
Where are you from?
Where can you be found online?
What have you been working on lately?
What do you consider your best work?
- Creative Review - Covering Kafka with colour
- Jacket Mechanical: James Joyce. For Vintage Books.
What's it like raising kids in NYC?
What books and movies would you say have been formative to your personality and career?
- Seven Samurai (1954) - The Criterion Collection
- 8½ (1963) - IMDb
- Peter Mendelsund's Book List | Designers & Books
What are you listening to these days?
- Jean Philippe Rameau, Gavotte with 6 variations on piano
- Gubaidulina - Musical Toys [1/2].wmv
- Olga Bell is a musician in New York City.
- Vampire Weekend
- Shostakovich : String Quartet N° 15 (mvt. I, part. 1)
- Timo Andres | composer and pianist
What are you hoping to see more of in the future?
Where do you go for inspiration?
- MoMA | The Museum of Modern Art
- 50 Watts
- Paris Review Daily - Blog, Writers, Poets, Artists - Paris Review
- The Times Literary Supplement | TLS
- Home | The New York Review of Books
- Whitney Museum of American Art: Home
- It's Nice That : Home
Who are your favorite artists?
Do you have any favorite products or businesses?
- Model CC-94
- Apple - iPad mini - Every inch an iPad.
- Wacom | Interactive Pen Displays & Digital Drawing Tablets
- The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia
- Latest US news, world news, sport and comment from the Guardian | guardiannews.com | The Guardian
- Arsenal F.C. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Who are your heroes?
What scares you?
How do you feel about politics?
Do you have a spirit animal?
Thanks so much, Peter!