A Year of Reading Aloud gets a shout out in this week’s (5th October) Book Covers We Love in Spine Magazine! Yay hooray!! Art direction is by me and the absolutely beautiful illustration and lettering by Clairice Gifford. It is published by Yellow Kite Books and is a lovely collection of poems to learn by both classic and new talents. To have a look click on this link: http://spinemagazine.co/book-covers-we-love/05102018
Category Archives: Typography
Should You Ask Me paperback is now available in print. A different photographic cover direction to the illustrative hardback. But both approaches work very well for the novel.
About the book:
‘I’ve come about the bodies. I know who they are.’
Just before D-Day in 1944, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, an elderly woman walks into a police station. She has information, she says, about human remains recently discovered nearby.
The bodies could have stayed buried for ever – like the pain and passion that put them there. But Mary Holmes is finally ready to tell the truth.
The young constable sent to take her statement is still suffering from the injuries that ended his army career. As he tries to make sense of her tale, William finds himself increasingly distracted. Mary’s confession forces his own violent memories to the surface – betrayals and regrets as badly healed as his war wounds.
Over six days, as pressure builds for the final push in Europe, two lives reveal their secrets. Should You Ask Me is a captivating story about people at their worst and best: raw, rich, and utterly compelling.
I received this rather fancy invitation with hand calligraphy and printed on beautiful paper. This is for the Barnard & Westwood Putting Pen to Paper workshop. Lovely!!
We were taken on a guided tour of their workshop and bindery. Getting an insight into the craft and tactile world of printed stationary. This includes: bespoke event invitations, intricate calligraphy, creative papers, letterpress, gilded edges, bookbinding, foil blocking and other labor intensive handmade processes. Learning facts like: 2 years into an apprenticeship there is actually only the early stages and can take ten years to truly master the trade. And using saliva to test if the tool is heated hot enough, by seeing if it bubbles or spits back! Before placing the impression onto the book itself.
Lucky us, we got given a personalised notebook made in front of our own eyes! As well as a range of other freebies: thank you card, envelopes of sample papers, cloth bag, pencil, package of sweets. And also a happy belly full with delicious canapés and champagne.
Thought I would do a post on the cover design differences from hardback to paperback editions. Both the hardbacks and paperbacks displayed here, I feel that I am happy with the design outcomes whatever the changes in cover direction maybe.
Sometimes the paperback is simply a straight forward adapt of the original hardback edition. The Wild Air only has a difference in the quote used.
Other times the paperback is more or less the same design as the original edition but with a few amends. Happiness is a State of Mind paperback has been changed with the overall colours brightened, a coloured background added in and the composition has been centralised.
Similarly, When the Floods Came paperback is an amended design. It has a gradual change from dark blue to a brighter blue background colour and with the additional three quotes means also a change in composition.
In other cases the design of the paperback is completely new and fresh. The Harmless Like You paperback has a photographic and more commercial appeal compared with the delicately illustrated hardback approach.
Another example of this is the Beyond Happiness paperback, again with a photographic and more mass market appeal.
I stumbled across an article on Spine Magazine featuring Summer at Hope Meadows. All thanks to Sara Mulvanny for her beautiful work on this project. You can also read the article about her working processes on this link.
Only a month to go till Christmas…so in trying to keep up with last year’s trend of posting a Christmas book, I’ve decided to post my design for Hidden Christmas HB. The finished product has gold foil typography and circular details. This has already been available to purchase since 17th November 2016.