Out now in the UK – 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 designs – learn and enjoy!
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!
Showcasing the first book I was fully in charge of myself design wise at Quintessence (note this was over three years ago now!). I was responsible for finalising the book design from presentation stage; setting up the template; laying out the content (all 940 pages); picture researching and selecting appropriate images for each entry; balancing layout variation throughout the book as whole; designing a set of icons for use in the book; getting the hi-res image versions; retouching/photoshop work; getting the files ready for repro; checking wet proofs; making colour corrections; designing the jacket; checking sizes and adding finishes (a lovely bit of Gloss Spot UV); and finally, eventually, approving it all to print! It was a special day when the advance copies of this arrived in the office, it was a proud moment indeed.
1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think by Robert Arp, preface by Arthur Caplan was the 21st title in the multi-million best-selling 1001 Before You Die series.
Published by Cassell (UK), Atria (US) and Allen & Unwin (Australia) in 2013.
It has since been reprinted several times and been translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide.
960pp | 210 x 160mm