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A wonderful book

June 4th, 2010

I was presenting a magazine design in Paris yesterday, the preparation for which goes some way towards explaining my lack of posts, tweets, sleep etc in the last week. So I missed the chance to comment in a timely fashion on the Times website and the great ipad magazine layout debate.

After the meeting I had a late train back to London so I managed to spend some time in one of Paris’ very civilised book shops, where I found this…

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Studio Culture

September 24th, 2009

Tony Brook (of Spin) has kindly sent me a copy of “Studio Culture”, the first book from his and Adrian Shaughnessy’s new publishing venture Unit Editions. Read the rest of this entry »

New work: River Cafe

September 11th, 2009

Book design is a very slow process. I don’t do many books, but when I do I usually find it a pleasing antidote to the crazy deadlines I work to on so many other things. I started working on the River Cafe Classic Italian Cook Book last autumn and the launch party is on sunday, so I though it was time to show a few pages. Read the rest of this entry »

More genius from Penguin

July 8th, 2009

Penguin Books have a great design tradition, with brilliant work from the likes of Jan Tschichold, Romek Marber, Derek Birdsall, Alan Aldridge, and in recent years the immensely talented David Pearson.

The latest example is a set of editions of classic reportage writing using images from the Magnum archives. I love the way that the front covers tell part of the story, but turning to the back adds another dimension. This is real book design, responding to the form of the object.

These are never going to fly off the shelves at Tesco, but its great to see a publisher treating the buyer/reader with such intelligence.

Via Eye Blog

Getting things right

June 3rd, 2009

One of the reasons I’ve been so quiet recently is that I’ve just finished a 416 page book for the River Café. When you do a book like this, the publisher is officially your client, but it’s the author you have to satisfy. The River Café authors have very strong opinions, and I’ve probably compromised more with them than I have on any other project, beacuse it’s their book, I respect their opinions (up to a point) and I know that it will never come out if I don’t. But what makes it really exhausting is that they have a work style which Ive encountered a lot over the years — they will not stop changing things until the job ships. Read the rest of this entry »

At last! The Barney Bubbles book

December 5th, 2008

Today I recieved the most exciting Amazon package I’ve had for years. Finally, there’s a book about the life and work of one of my heroes, the brilliant British designer Barney Bubbles. Read the rest of this entry »