I’m Tony Geer, a designer, project manager and photographer. During the day I’m a Senior Project Manager at an advertising agency in Toronto. My wife and I are also newborn and family photographers at our little photography studio, Mon Petit Chou Photography.
I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. I remember when my twin brother and I finished reading all of the Hardy Boys books in our library and reluctantly began reading the Nancy Drews. I remember struggling through the first few chapters of the Fellowship of the Ring at the age of twelve or thirteen and nearly giving up, before being told by my brothers that it would be well worth it to continue (I’ve since read the trilogy twice more). I remember finishing Kazuo Isiguro’s Never Let Me Go and thinking about it for weeks afterwards. A good book takes you places, challenges you to reevaluate the way you do things and teaches you to treasure and appreciate the relationships that you have.
But all of my work exists as bits stored on a computer hard disk and glowing pixels on a computer screen. I never get to hold, touch or feel any of it. We might spend hours and hours designing and building a site for a client and in a few short years or less it’s gone, deleted from servers and no longer shining through anyone’s screens, living on only as a memory.
Books aren’t going to last forever, but a well-designed book from a fine press represents the culmination of many hours of painstaking, demanding work by craftsmen with years of experience, in many cases using presses that were built many years before I was born. It’s great to be able to hold and appreciate these kinds of books, and it certainly helps to enhance the reading experience.
My passion for books has led me to quite a few publishers who produce books that are works of art, and I have a high regard for the craftsmen who make this possible. So I’ve built this site to showcase these books, with the hope that I’ll be raising the awareness of the fine art of book-making and leading people to discover books that they’ll be able to enjoy, books and authors that they might have otherwise not been aware of.
Another reason this site exists is because many publishers simply don’t have pictures, or sufficient pictures, of their books on their own sites, so when potential collectors want to know more about a book, they don’t have much more than the description to go by. I think if more people saw just how beautiful these books are, it can help with the purchase decision.