Don’t Judge a Book by its’ Color

When we walk into the library, the atmosphere is somewhat dreary and cold. Unfortunately, it is not the most inviting of places, we go out of necessity. The library can also be a bit intimidating while we go aisle for aisle looking for the books that we need. Even then, we come upon the section where the book should be located, yet the call tag is someone rubbed off or maybe even the ink has smudged on the paper and we can’t really tell if this is the exact book that we need.

Valeri Madill has created a way to bring color to a once dreary space, a rainbow- if you will -sitting on the shelves housing numerous bland colors of books. With colorful call number labels, we rid the books of taped on labels and the risk of the labels falling off. Each of Madill’s call number labels allow for each section in the library to be color coded, as well as allowing the call number information to be displayed without covering the spine of the book. Each books’ information is displayed on the label for easy scanning by the user and also contains citing information on the label’s side.

With Madill’s design, the library atmosphere is transformed and is more inviting, and the user has much more success in locating the books that they need. This takes organization to an entirely new level.

Designer: Valeri Madill [ Via: Swissmiss ]


  • fb says:


    this would be such a time saver whenever citing works.

    when is it available. great idea.

  • DesignGuru says:

    some what boring but clever.

  • feniks says:

    Deja vu.

  • rayelle says:

    i don’t think this is a boring idea at all!
    i think it is a clever and useful idea

  • eric says:

    cool beans

  • Lim says:

    Not a bad thinking….. Provided the libary is lacking in providing service of digital directory.

  • Cristina says:

    “without covering the spine of the book”

    it is pretty clear in the pictures that 1/3 t0 1/2 of the books’ spines are covered. This makes reading the titles pretty difficult, consequently allowing a quick scan of the shelves for interesting books to be pretty hard as well.

    i love the idea of color coding. my dad uses it in his children’s libraries. it makes it easy for the people to put books back on their shelves as well.

  • Naret singusaha says:

    good Idea.easy to manage.

  • Amber says:

    Ideas similar to this have been used in children’s and primary school libraries for years, and the color-coding systems I’m familar with don’t actually cover as much of the spine as this concept does.

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