Last night I turned up – all too briefly, alas – to see and vote at the inaugural Academy of British Cover Design awards, in a downstairs bar on still-trendy Hoxton Square. There were over 100 people there when I had to leave, but the voting was only just getting going, with the shortlisted covers, [...]
I’m taking part in a panel about book design at the LSE’s Literary Festival tomorrow, in which I’ll be talking a little about the alternatives to what I’m calling the ‘Chip Kidd’ approach to cover design, where each book is given an eye-catching design that is brilliant, individual and appropriate to its content. (I wrote [...]
With the arrival of spring finally on the horizon, it’s time to crank up the dub – making the arrival of New York’s Tour de Force’s debut LP perfect timing.
My recommendations for February are Weasels by Elys Dolan, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre and In Bloom by Matthew Crow.
Each of the following artists have been able to express themselves in distinct ways. Their music ranges from sounds of delicacy, hard thudding beats, intercepting vocals to stimulating rhyming schemes.
In search of something else entirely I was flicking through Alan Powers’s book Front Cover: Great Book Jacket and Cover Design and spotted something that made me stop. It was a cover by Alvin Lustig – for Kafka’s Amerika, in its 1948 New Directions American edition – that reminded me (more than reminded me!) of [...]
XO Man interview: “I’m a true believer in working with what works and pleases me. I couldn’t careless about an artists twitter following or hype. My only concern is their work ethic, drive and talent.”
Catching up with XO man, he speaks about his prgression as an artist, the concept behind his latest track collaboration with Ed Sheeran and the UK music industry.
I picked up a copy of Cynan Jones’s The Dig from a display in The Book Hive, a favourite independent bookshop in Norwich, just before taking a train, and in fact at 158 pages (and more on that below) it is very well suited to a journey of a couple of hours.
Rather taken with this cover for Viking’s The Poetry of Sex, I’ve decided to build an A-Z of book covers with single letter-led designs. Some are easy. Some harder. Some are great. Some less so. Can you help me fill the gaps?
Clean Bandit are celebrating their second week at the top of the UK charts with their single Rather Be. Check out a live version of the show recorded at Fred Perry Sub-Sonic at the end of last year.
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