Design: The Whole Story

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Out now in the UK ā€“ Design: The Whole Story, general editor Elizabeth Wilhide with a foreword by Jonathan Glancey. Designed by yours truly, all 576 pages, thoroughly enjoyable to work on and a beauty of a book in the end. A fascinating read, jam packed full of wonderful, inspiring and desirable designsĀ ā€“ learn and enjoy!

Design: The Whole Story

Winter Oranges

AnotherĀ illustration (1 of 4) I was commissioned to create forĀ La Montana,Ā aĀ range of gorgeous scented candles inspired by a British couple’s new life in a delightful Spanish mountain village. This one was called “Winter Oranges” ā€“ the scent isĀ a warm, spicy, zesty blend of Valencia orange, cinnamon, red apple, and clove.

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This illustration was quite fiddly to do, in particular my attempt to make the ingredients as simple in form but still recognisable through the use of limited shapes and colour. I maybeĀ didn’t pare it down enough, I have a habit of wanting to keep adding more and more detail to drawings but actually often, and especially in this case, less is more. Some of the vintage travel posters these illustrations were inspired by were created so simply with a very limited colour palette and line work and they look amazing ā€“ it’s quite a skill, one I’m working on and keen to explore. I’m certainly interested to find out what it smells like as I’m sure it will be warming and delicious ā€“ a perfect Christmas scent (not that far away now…)

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You can see the previous Alfredo’s Cafe PosterĀ here, and all the other illustrations I created for the La Montana rangeĀ here.

Winter Oranges

The Silmarillion ā€¢ J.R.R. Tolkien

An imagined book cover I created for the unfinishedĀ The Silmarillin by Tolkien.
The commission was for inclusion in the title The Greatest Books You’ll Never ReadĀ by Bernard Richards.

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The watercolour painting is my own creation and great to be able to use it for this cover, I felt it was a perfect fit, I just had to find a way to add the necessary text and combine the two in an appropriate and interesting way.

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The book is out now in the UK and US, and actually contains a total of 7 book cover designs by me! You can see them all here.

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War: The Whole Story

Here are some jacket design options I put together a while back for the title War: The Whole Story ā€“ a new book ideaĀ presented at back Frankfurt Book Fair in 2013.

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It was harder than I imagined it would be, to find the right image. You don’t want to glorify war and you also don’t want toĀ hide from the reality that it entails. It needs to be powerful and impactful but not too morbid and brutal on the senses and put people off. It has to capture the mood and spirit of war,Ā all wars if possible, past and present. How do you capture the feeling of war in one encompassing image that doesn’t focus particularly on one war?? Do we feature a more relevant modern day image or an historical and nostalgic viewpoint of the topic. Should it have been something human and approachable to really draw us in and play on our emotions or something neutral and symbolic and all encompassing… it’s tricky!

You can see the final one that was chosen in the endĀ here, and take a look at the sample spreads I designed here as well.

Which of these one do you like, prefer most, or think works the best and why?
I’d be curious to know your thoughts!

War: The Whole Story

Alfredo’s Cafe

An illustration (1 of 4) I was commissioned to create forĀ La Montana,Ā aĀ range of luxury scented candles inspired by the wonderful sights and scents of Spain.

This one was called Alfredo’s Cafe ā€“ the scent isĀ an unusual, rich, comforting blend of coffee, brandy, black tobacco, leather and incense.

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See the other illustrations I createdĀ here

I was happy with how this turned out, I think it might be my favourite of them all. It’s simple but powerful and striking (even if I disapprove of smoking!), with strong bold shapes and muted but intense colours. It feels sturdy and substantial. Plus I’d certainly be interested to find out what it smells like.

Alfredo’s Cafe

Evolution The Whole Story

Advance handā€“bound copies of Evolution The Whole Story arrived in the Quintessence officeĀ and I think it looks fabulous! Do you like the cover??Ā The maleĀ chimpanzee photo on the frontĀ is by Brad WilsonĀ – check out the rest of his work here, his photographs are absolutely magnificent.

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It is such a momentous part of the book design process, just as exciting as it was with my first ever title. When you hold the complete book in your hand and all it’s parts come together to work in harmony,Ā well that is the idea anyway!Ā It’s always lovely to see soooo many months of work in the flesh finally,Ā as long as you don’t look at it too closely and spot any mistakes…of which there are none in here, of course!Ā 

It will be published by Thames & Hudson in the UK, and is out in Sept 2015. You can pre-order your copy here now!

I’ll share with you some sample spreads shortly, to give you sneak peak at the inside!

 

Evolution The Whole Story