Monthly Archives: September 2011

I can read movies!


These are fun. Blogger and designer Spacesick  has turned cult films into paper backs with clever iconic graphics.

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The Man Booker Prize


” Two first time novelists and titles from four independent publishers make up this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist and, encouragingly, in a sign that printed book design continues to up its game, the covers are in rude
health too…”

Design by Suzanne Dean
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
(published by Jonathan Cape/Random House). Despite the presence of new life in the floating seeds, the cover bleeds off towards a foreboding darkness with the ends of the book’s pages blackened, too.

Design by Suet Yee Chong at Ecco
Illustration by Dan Stiles
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick De Witt
(published by Granta and Ecco/Harper Collins).

Written by AD Miller
(published by Atlantic Books)
The placing of the title is what makes the hardback cover of Snowdrops that little bit more interesting. The title is Russian slang for a corpse that is buried in the snow (revealing itself as it thaws), so the blood red type seems to suggest a supine position, heightened by the image of the trees as seen from the point of view of a body lying on the ground.

Design by Peter Dyer‘s
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
(published by Serpent’s Tail)
Perhaps the most conservative cover on the shortlist, employs an elegant typeface for the book’s title.


Design by Holly Macdonald
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
(published by Bloomsbury)
has a cover by , who makes good use of negative space to evoke the outline of a young boy and, also, some pigeons.

Design by John Gray atGray318.
Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
(published by Canongate).

Reblogged from Creative Review

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Posters by Paul Smith

‘Sir Paul Smith has designed a series of four silk-screen posters to celebrate new movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, released later this month. The posters (which come in editions of 50 and are signed by Smith) will be sold for £100 each, with all profits going to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

Smith collaborated with film’s director, Tomas Alfredson, in the early development stages of the movie, offering his insights on 1970s London. He advised on the mood, colour and photographic approach to take.’



Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is released in the UK and Ireland on September 16. Smith’s prints will be on sale at Paul Smith shops from September 13.

Reblogged from Creative Review