Newly published – my fourth cover design for The Good Schools Guide series of books. This cover continues the same style of illustration, with a few new drawings that are more boarding school specific (breakfasts, alarm clocks, toothbrushes etc). The traditional school trunk also features. The back cover also has a small section area of illustration.
Recently printed – my London North and London South book cover illustration and design for the The Good Schools Guide. The illustrative style is the same one I created for the special 22nd edition of The Good Schools Guide earlier this year (see here), but with some London specific elements included.
The volume of good independent and state schools in London makes it particularly hard for parents to find the school that perfectly meets their needs. In response to increasing demand from local and international parents, The Good Schools Guide is launching two new guides, which will provide honest, straight-talking and un-biased reviews.Evening standard
The guide regarded as the bible for middle-class school choiceThe Guardian
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A recently completed book design and typesetting project, for a paperback book published using KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing from Amazon), a highly economical way of self-publishing both print and digital books. The client for this project had written a collection of memories of The Bridge hotel in Buttermere, in the Lake District, based on his experiences of both staying there as a guest, and also working there as a student ‘handyman’ in the late 50’s and 60’s. The client provided a completed manuscript and I then designed a layout that would allow both an easy and enjoyable reading experience and show the illustrations at their optimum size and scale. The chosen format was a 9″ x 6″ ( 228.6mm x 152.4mm) book.
The book is typeset in Fedra Serif A and Fedra Serif B. With a large x-height and short stem length, Fedra Serif A works well in small sizes and in low-resolution print so was used for the body copy, captions and map labels. Fedra Serif B has an increased contrast and stem lengths, so is suited for larger sizes where its shape can be better appreciated, such as on the cover, title pages and for chapter headings .
The book is illustrated throughout with photographs from the time, and also has a central ‘Photograph Album’ with photos and sketches. The cover is printed on a soft, tactile matt stock.
Now published, the client can order from KDP as many or as few copies of the book to be printed as and when he wishes, for a reduced ‘author rate’, and is then free to use these copies for his own distribution and sales methods. When publishing with KDP, the book is also automatically immediately listed on Amazon and so available to buy through this method too.
Due to be published in May 2019, this is my cover design and illustration for the 22nd Edition of the The Good Schools Guide. The brief was to come up with a ‘special edition’ cover design that breaks away from the style of previous editions. I proposed several design options, including this chosen ‘doodle’ style bespoke illustration, which was intended to reflect the witty and often subversive style of the text.
I created the front cover illustration by drawing a group of 60+ school related objects, which I then arranged in the arched shape, and filled in the gaps with additional objects and embellishments. Amongst the items are several small references to the founders of The Good Schools Guide, such as initials and dates. I also created smaller groups of objects for the spine and the back cover.
The book is to be cloth bound in Wibalin Buckram, with the logo area debossed. The dimensions of the book are 28cm x 21cm, with a 6.5cm spine. Once published, the book will be available to buy for £60.
Appropriate for Valentines Day, I’ve just picked up a box of these books from the printers. This is a second print run of these little books of limericks (for adult readers only!), which I designed and illustrated for the author, (who wishes to remain anonymous 🙂).
A small book for children, commissioned by the author and illustrator, Sue Heaser. The book is a small square format, easily held by little hands. Typeset in Bodoni Six, a quirky yet readable typeface, to complement the style of the illustrations and give the book a traditional feel.
This latest design project for Artmonsky Arts is a book about the work of Austin Cooper. It was designed in collaboration with David Preston Studio. Austin Cooper became, in the inter-war years, one of the most highly-respected poster artists in the United Kingdom – one of L.N.E.R’s ‘elite’ five, his name comparable to that of McKnight Kauffer for work for London Transport, and a contributor to Post Office posters for some ten years. The book can be purchased here.
The work of David Preston Studio is featured in an Eye Magazine profile of design historian Ruth Artmontsky and the books she has published. David has designed many books for Artmonsky Arts, including Showing Off, Shipboard Style and Designing Woman. The first Artmonsky Arts book I worked on with David was Tuppance Plain, Penny Coloured, which covers 50 years of furniture advertising and selling. We are currently working together on another title.
The full Eye article can be seen here.