Custom Ex Libris Bookplates

bookplate (or book-plate, as it was commonly styled until the early 20th C.), also known as ex-librīs [Latin, “from the books of…”], is usually a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the front end paper, to indicate its owner. Simple typographical bookplates are termed “booklabels”.

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Many historical greats (and evils) have had their bookplates. Not only does a plate indicates the name, but often reflects the personality and belief of the owner as well.

From L first row: Walt Disney, Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, Woodrow Wilson. Second row: Albert Einstein, Adolf Hitler, George Washington, Siegmund Freud.

I prefer physical books over digital ones. Always. As I start to build my own library (owning something is sometimes better than borrowing), it gives me the perfect excuse to design my personal ex libris. While there are many plates out there, here’s the set I designed for my wife and myself. And when Zoltan gets a bit older, he’ll be getting his own, too. Until he decides to make one himself. I always start with sketches. A good sketch saves me 80% of the work. We chose elements that are important to us. My wife wanted to include the dogs and I wanted to remind myself how important the books are to my well being and profession (and sitting straight). 

When I designed this, walking was still a foreign skill to Zoltan.

From sketch to final. The feeling when you make ideas tangible. Added the globe to the final design as the common object shared between my plate and my wife’s. The globe signifies how we met each other from across the world then again in the States. Hers. Ours. Ready to build your personal library with a mark that’s uniquely yours? Good. And if you’d like a custom bookplate, shoot me a line.

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