An imagined book cover I created for the unfinished The Silmarillin by Tolkien.
The commission was for inclusion in the title The Greatest Books You’ll Never Read by Bernard Richards.
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.
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.
The London Book Fair 2015 was held in Kensington Olympia this year and not at the usual Earls Court. There were complaints about the venue change, particularly the worry about lack of space and downsizing , but you can’t argue that the architecture and structure of building is rather glorious (even if it does act like a greenhouse and can become unbearably hot in the heat of the day!).
Here is The Quarto Group’s stand in all it’s glory, where Quintessence has a space. It’s great to see the whole company come together, for us to realise what a large organisation we’re a part of. It’s exciting to be around like minded people who share a love of books and passion for the industry. It was my third year of going along to the Fair and I’d say I enjoyed this one the most, taking my time to explore and appreciate the wonderful range of books that are being made out there.I came across one book that particularly caught my attention, Designing Design by Kenya Hara. It’s not a new book, first published in 2007, but one i’d not heard of or come across before, but loved the look of – I need to get it and read it, asap, the preface alone hooked me!
We received the advance copies of these little beauties at work recently, the first in of 2015 (we approved them to print well before christmas), and they are the first two books in a new series called “Hidden Histories”, here we have Trees and Herbs, and both the UK (Timber Press) and US (Chicago University Press) editions.
I was lucky enough to have to design both of them. They are relatively small books, only 256pp, but surprisingly fiddly to put together. It can be nerve wracking waiting for the advance copies to come back from the printer, there is always a risk something could have gone wrong but I am pleasantly surprised by how they have turned out which is always nice, I think they look pretty fab, if I may say so myself! Any thoughts?
This is one of the many shelving units at work, chockablock full of the production copies of all the english and foreign editions of the 1001 Before You Die Series including: Films / Songs / Albums / Books / Beers / Paintings / Escapes / Inventions and the list goes on…
It has been fascinating to see how the jacket design for the same book and content can vary so much from country to country. It can make such an impact to one’s impression of a book and whether you want to pick it up, read it and buy it or not.
And this shelving unit below was empty when I first joined Quintessence, and look at it now, filling up fast!
We’re finally getting to see all the finished printed and bound books produced by us here at Quintessence that we started working on long ago (this time last year to be exact!). They’re all big fat coffee table sorts of books and it is very rewarding to physically see those months of work paying off in something tangible.
I can’t wait to share all the new titles with you when they hit the shops and hopefully i’ll be able to give you some sneaky insider peaks of them along the way…