Cover Lovers #4
Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith
The Cover: British novelist Zadie Smith meets UK leading illustrator Si Scott. What else is there to say besides… Brilliant.
P.s. Mini Q&A with Si about his book cover design for Zadie.
The Book: If you love her fiction, you will enjoy the fact that Smith’s voice is just as funny, insightful, unaffected and wise in her non-fiction essays. In this, which covers everything from the joys of reading Nabokov to Italian cinema, from the conditions of life in Liberia to her own relationship with her family and father, the reader gets to know aspects of her as a person, not merely as an author. It is instantly clear that she is not merely a dazzling writer, but an incredible human being, as well as a fine journalist and reviewer.
Cover Lovers #3
The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming
The Cover: Typography caught our eye with this gothic-esque design. An elegant black cover accompanied with a timely medieval font. But what sent us head over heels in love with this book was the spot UV treatment used on the typeface as well as the decorative ornament border stamped in gold foil. This cover made us feel many things… especially the urge to go out and buy a pocket watch.
The Book: The Kingdom of Ohiois a fast paced adventure that incorporates both science fiction and historical fiction. It is a story about high ideals, social responsibility, Hugh Everett’s theory of Relative State Formulation, love, and the human condition. Flaming engages the reader with fascinating characters, creative scenarios, and footnotes that spark a flurry of research into US history.
We’re not sure about you, but we love ourselves some good paper cutting action!
*Enter: Rob Ryan.
COVER LOVERS #2
This Is For You by Rob Ryan
The Cover: With romantic red paper and hearts bordering the cover, this design sets the tone for the entire book. A book of moving & beautiful paper-cut illustrations by artist Rob Ryan. We find this wonderful little creation enchanting and delightful. Each page as intricate as the last. And we couldn’t think of anyone else better to share this with! So… “This Is For You” :)
The Book: A magical, romantic and touching story of thoughts and dreams, loneliness and longing, the personal and the universal. Each page has been cut out of paper using a scalpel, sprayed and photographed.
COVER LOVERS #1
GLOBAL CITIZENS by Mark Gerzon
The Cover: It’s a typography based cover with metallic print and giant coloured speech bubbles. I mean, really. Do we need to explain why we heart it? We picked this book up in an instant without hesitation.
The Book: This apparently simple book has big and important ideas that should not be ignored. Mark Gerzon shows how many of the world’s problems are down to a lack of understanding of fellow members of humanity. He shows how stereotypes, both personal and external are gross simplifications that do the individual and the world no favours. And most importantly shows how individuals can lead global change from home.
**Please Note: “cover lovers” will be in no particular order. This book just happens to be the prettiest cover within arms reach at the moment. High-5 for being closely surrounded by delightful things!
Look what we came across while giving the ol’ bookshelf a good dusting..
From finding a job in the industry to running your own studio, this is a bookshelf essential for any designer!
It’s also handy if you’ve misplaced your soul somewhere along the way.
"Happiness is contagious. And so is The Happiness Project.” By Gretchen Rubin
Which is why we can’t wait to dive right in! If there’s going to be a book that will change your perspective on how to tackle the year ahead, we’re sure this is it. — Even though we haven’t read it yet we are confident in recommending it!
Being #1 New York Times best-seller has gotta count for something, right? Right!
Take a look at the designers NOT to-do list!
Just say to yourself “this year I will try not to..”
THE DISAPPOINTMENT ARTIST
When we’re not brainstorming the hours away, creating pretty things or socialising on various online networks, you’ll find us in our own little corners of the studio enjoying a good ol’ fashioned read.
And when we don’t have the privilege of being outdoors and amongst the warm ambience of a vintage bookstore, we often browse through the shelves of the inter-web looking for positive reviews, popular recommendations & pretty covers. Because lets face it, despite that well known saying that’s now swimming through your minds, being a designer it’s only natural to look and judge a book by its colour, stock and printing treatments. (only a little bit)
Which brings me to this lovely find..
Always keeping a keen interest inside the creative process, this book was definitely one to absorb and study. With the central theme surrounding music, movies and comic books, this collection of essays takes you through the events, cultural influences & life perceptions that has made Lethem the writer and man he is today (a man, who back in ‘77, watched Star Wars 21 times). Though a breezy 150 pages, this book is surely not to disappoint.