Happy publication day to the beauty that is Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces, by Susie Hodge, out now in the UK from Thames & Hudson!
Cover and interior design by me, all 432 pages, it’s a good looking book if I may say so myself. Jam packed full of lovely impressive and large artworks and close up details featuring paintings from pre 1500 medieval art The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, all the way up to modern day The King’s Death by Paula Rego, and of course everything in between – enjoy!
Some cover design ideas for a book titled Colour My Garden: Planting Ideas for Every Site and Season. Created using a graphic/illustrative approach, rather than photographic.
Here are some jacket design options I put together a while back for the title War: The Whole Story – a new book idea presented at back Frankfurt Book Fair in 2013.
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 to 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, 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 end 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!
Advance hand–bound copies of Evolution The Whole Story arrived in the Quintessence office and I think it looks fabulous! Do you like the cover?? The male chimpanzee photo on the front is by Brad Wilson – check out the rest of his work here, his photographs are absolutely magnificent.
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, well that is the idea anyway! It’s always lovely to see soooo many months of work in the flesh finally, as long as you don’t look at it too closely and spot any mistakes…of which there are none in here, of course!
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!
Jacket design for the title The Perfect Library: World Culture in 123 Books, a new idea presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair back in 2012.
See the spreads I designed for this proposed title here.
Here are some vector illustrations I created for the cover of the best selling book
1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die which was updated in 2013:
The drawing style had to be in keeping with the previous edition. I tried all sorts of different glass and bottles shapes in order to find the perfect one but in the end we used almost all of them on the cover!
I quite like the finished design and result, I think the dark blue background makes the glasses pop and stand out, is there anything you would have done to improve it?
This is a snapshot of the back cover of the book Sci-fi Chronicles and I rather like it…! I’ll tell you why… so often we do work or collaborate on books/projects in such a way that it is impossible to credit everyone who was involved or contributed in some way. Also, often the final publishers of the book (we are a co-editon publisher remember – we have clients we need to please) don’t enquire as to the designer of the work, it might not cross their mind to insist on adding copy to credit the original creator. However, every now and then the publishers do though, they get more involved in the whole process, they really value the importance of the cover design and are willing to spend time on getting it spot on and I sincerely appreciate that. [If you haven’t already seen it, you can find the all important front cover of Sci-fi here and here]. The publishers sometimes specifically request the designer’s name be credited on the jacket somewhere, as was the case with the Aurum edition of Sci-fi Chronicles... and what a glorious sight it is! I have Sam Harrison, the commissioning editor at Aurum to thank. My name has appeared on many imprint pages before but not in such a prominent place as this, and surprisingly, or not, I rather like it 🙂