1960s-Style Covers for Movie Novelizations

I really like the abstract works that designers like Saul Bass created in the 1960s. Here’s an example of Bass’ work – his poster for the Hitchcock movie Vertigo:

Saul Bass' poster for the movie "Vertigo"

Someone who goes by the nom de plume of “Spacesick” likes ‘60s abstract graphic art as much as I do and has created I Can Read Movies, a series of covers for novelizations of popular movies done in that style. I show some of Spacesick’s creations below.

(If you’re a book publisher, you might want to drop Spacesick a line. His/her stuff is really good!)

Here’s the cover for the novelization of Caddyshack. It’s only missing one thing: the gopher!


Here’s the cover for the hypothetical book version of Sixteen Candles, one of the quintessential ‘80s teen movies:


The cover for Highlander captures the spirit of the movie while remaining refreshingly minimalist:


Here’s the Face/Off cover. Someone should let Spacesick know that “forward” is a direction and “foreword” is an introductory note in a book.


Here’s the cover to the “burning novelization” of Mean Girls:


Here’s Shaun of the Dead:


And finally, my favourite: a Japanese novelization titled Wonka-san! Just Punisher of Coddled Children:


You can see Spacesick’s other novelization covers in this entry in his/her blog as well as in this Flickr photoset.

It Happened to Me

What Passes for Legroom on United Airlines

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

I’m 5’11” (180cm) tall, and here’s what the legroom in United Airlines’ economy class is like once the guy in front of you has reclined his seat. He’d originally reclined his seat all the way, but I was able to talk him into doing it only halfway:

Legroom on United's economy class

As you can see, my knees are touching the seat in front of me. If you’re 6 feet or taller, you’ll probably want to get upgraded to what United calls “Economy Plus”, where you get a little more legroom – about as much as other airlines’ economy class seats.

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We’ll be in Seattle This Week!

Seattle skyline

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

Starting tonight (Pacific Coast Time), John Bristowe, I, and a few other folks from Microsoft Canada’s De veloper & Platform Evangelism team, will be in Seattle all next week to attend Microsoft’s 8th TechReady conference. TechReady is a Microsoft internal conference where ‘Softies from all over the world gather to get briefed on upcoming releases. The coming months promise a bumper crop of Microsoft goodies – Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8, Visual Studio 2010 and Azure to name a few – so the sessions should be very interesting. (I think I’ll actually be taking a lot of notes during the presentations rather than checking my mail or looking at that video of kittens riding a Roomba.)

We’re going to try to take advantage of this gathering to get some interviews with  some of the big brains at Microsoft from Redmond and all over the world, as well as show you some of the sights and sounds of Seattle. Watch this blog for updates!

Are you in Seattle? Want to catch up? Talk about Microsoft, software development, accordions. Zardoz or anything else? Drop me a line or give me a ring (416-948-6447)!

[Seattle photo by Andrew “papalars” Larsen and licenced under Creative Commons. Click here to see the original.]