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Best of British Part 2

More Best of British Cover Designers….

featuring the works of Emma Graves Greg Heinimann,  Jamie Keenan,  Jonathan GrayJulie JenkinsHolly MacdonaldKatie Tooke,   Lucy Stevensons,  and James Hutcheson 

Designer: Emma Graves
Client: Little Brown

Designer: Greg Heinimann
Client: William Heinemann

Designer: Holly Macdonald
Client: Bloomsbury

Designer: Jamie Keenan
Client: Vintage

Designer: Jonathan Gray
Client: Visual Editions

Designer: Julie Jenkins
Client: HarperCollins

Designer: Katie Tooke
Client: Picador

Designer: Lucy Stevens
Client: Virgin Books

Designer: James Hutcheson
Client: Cannongate US

More to come next week . . . enjoy!


Best of British

With such a  busy year here in England, with various celebrations, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics this summer, I thought it would be great to celebrate too! So, with that in mind I bring to you ‘the best of British!’ Over the next few months I will be posting work from Designers, Artists and Photographers. So, watch this space, it could be you! (that’s if you live in Britain of course!)

Designers Part 1

Designer: Alex Williamson
Client: Portabello books

Designer: Anna Morrison
Client: HarperCollins

Designer: Coralie Bickford-Smith
Client: Penguin

Designer: Dan Mogford
Client: Portobello Books

Designer: David Pearson
Client: Penguin

Designer: Dominic Forbes
Client: HarperCollins

Designer: Ed Bettison

So, got your mouth watering yet?  There is more to come in the next few weeks! I’ll be showcasing more designers soon!

If you want to be featured – drop me a line 

South Asian Book covers

On my sick day surfing and Pinteresting I came across a rather lovely site full of vintage inspiration from around the globe.

Here are some covers from Quinn Dombroski’s blog . Quinn has photographed covers from the Indo-Iranian languages and literatures section of the University of Chicago’s Regenstein library.

Here is just a wee selection of some fabulous covers ranging from Assamese, Hindi, Gujarati and Bengali….

Reblogged from Will Schofield curator of 50

The Art of Jim Flora

James (Jim) Flora is best-known for his wild jazz and classical album covers for Columbia Records (late 1940s) and RCA Victor (1950s). He authored and illustrated 17 popular children’s books and flourished for decades as a magazine illustrator. Few realize, however, that Flora (1914-1998) was also a prolific fine artist with a devilish sense of humor and a flair for juxtaposing playfulness, absurdity and violence.

Cute — and deadly.

Flora’s album covers pulsed with angular hepcats bearing funnel-tapered noses and shark-fin chins who fingered cockeyed pianos and honked lollipop-hued horns. Yet this childlike exuberance was subverted by a tinge of the diabolic. Flora wreaked havoc with the laws of physics, conjuring flying musicians, levitating instruments, and wobbly dimensional perspectives.

Jim Flora once said that all he wanted to do was “create a little piece of excitement.” He overshot his goal with much of his work.

Reblogged from
P.S Thanks to Steve May for sharing in the first place!

Quote to tote!

Last year we finally got around to sorting out our new studio!  I thought I would get back to some fun and explore and experiment with some silk screen printing. I had great fun playing around and making a mess – but also had great fun printing up some tote bags.  Some of you will have already received yours.

Which one did you get and did you guess which book the quote was from?
Here they are as my modern classics!

Here are also some illustrations that didn’t make it on to the bags!


A freelance illustrator, working and living in Lisbon, Portugal.
She has been making collages since she was a child. She used to sit on the floor and tear up magazines for hours, joining pieces of paper of different shapes and colours together. Later she learned how to use a pair of scissors and some glue and started filling notebooks, walls and furniture.

Air Canada, Audi, BBDO Irish International, British Film Academy, Condé Nast, Creative Review, Design Week Magazine, Dentsu London, Mother London, Neon Gold Records, Nike, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Picador Books, PixIu films, Research World Magazine, The Sunday Times, University of Toronto, Varoom Magazine, Wired UK Magazine, Wired US Magazine.

See more of Cristiana Couceiro work.

Season’s Greetings!

Rob Ryan + Victorinox

Victorinox, the company behind the famous Swiss Army Knife, recently teamed up with UK artist Rob Ryan for a campaign to promote the launch of their new pocket-sized model, the Tomo…

It’s the first time that Victorinox has reinterpreted the classic Swiss design and the new Tomo is the work of Kazuma Yamaguchi of Tokyo studio, Abitax. ‘Tomo’ means ‘companion’ or ‘friend’ in Japanese. The studio also conceived the Tomo packaging, which uses recycled pulp to enclose the fold-up knife (see here on the Abitax site).

More of Rob Ryan’s work is at and his A1 artwork created for Modern Art Cutting will be on display in Victorinox’s London flagship store on New Bond Street.  The new Tomo is available at £17.99.

Reblogged From Creative Review

Steve Jobs

‘Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become.  Everything else is secondary.’ Steve Jobs

‘Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.’ The Whole Earth Catalogue

13 Wives

13 Wives is a series of posters designed for an opening party for a cocktail bar by Foreign Policy Design, a company based in Singapore.

“13Wives is the story of 13 ladies and their man behind the bar. This tucked-away specialist little cocktail bar mixes up one of a kind potent concoctions inspired by each of the femme fatale protagonist. These cocktails can be selected from The Little Black Book presented by the mixologist – the man behind the bar. This is his secret rolodex tucked in his back pocket, complete with first dates stories, jot notes of the ladies and mentions of their favorite cocktails. “

I think they would look fab as book covers!