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!
Here are some snapshots of the interior of the book Architecture: The Whole Story that I designed in collaboration with Tom Howey and which came out in Autumn 2014. The work was split rather evenly down the middle in true teamwork style, Tom did all the “key work” spreads and I took care of all the “essays”, here are a sample of them:
The essays were mainly single spreads but some spanned across two. It was a simple balancing act in selecting the right combination of images that showed the buildings mentioned within the text in their best light, ideally highlighting any distinctive features described, as well as finding images that complimented each other well on the spread itself.
I enjoyed doing these layouts, they were fairly quick, straight forward and pain free. I thin I got through 10-15 or so in a day once they picture research had been done but there were numerous changes and adjustments along the way. There was the odd strangely problematic building were we struggled to find any pictures of thwm at all, but we could always try and illustrate another building that was mentioned in the text if necessary. The only other issue was the difficulty in finding images without any strange perspective or distortion, we tried to stay clear of these and instead portray the buildings in their truest form.
All in all I think the book came together very well. I did some colour work to the essay images, straightening verticals and retouching out the odd tourist here and there! But Tom dealt with the bulk of the colour work as I has to move on to work on another title. It’s a pretty substantial book at 576pp but a thoroughly pleasing outcome, and covers all things architecture, you should check it out!
The book is published by Thames & Hudson in the UK and Prestel in the US.
Here are piles (when they were fresh off the press – the hardbacks are still wrapped up in their protective tissue paper!) of the three different editions of the book Sci-fi Chronicles that I had the pleasure of worked on this year. I designed the bottom right hand jacket, which is the Aurum (UK) edition. I’m very proud of this one (and the book as a whole I should add!), there were an awful lot of design development, trials and changes made until the final solution was chosen, but I think it turned out very strong. I had some input in the middle cover design for the Thames & Hudson (AUS) edition, it was following on the same concept used on the previous book in the same series – Rock Chronicles. Unfortunately I had no say at all really in the top left cover, which was for the Fifefly (US) edition and I personally think it is the weakest of them all! Do you agree??