“We have the internet to thank — and not just the interface but the economy that’s evolved around it. From the leather-bound volumes of old to lurid mass-market paperbacks, book covers were never designed in a vacuum… When you look at book covers right now, what you’ll see blaring back at you, bold and dazzling, is a highly competitive marketing landscape dominated by online retail, social media, and their curiously symbiotic rival, the resurgent independent bookstore.”
“I’m very fond of visual contemporary culture but always try to avoid trend,” explains graphic designer Matthieu Becker. With a particular interest in book design, the Paris-based graphic designer works mainly with artists, publishers and cultural institutions. Matthieu recalls how he “learned how to read forms and then how to add context to them”. In turn, this allows him to create a design language that is relevant and appropriate to the cause.
Designers often talk about serving customer needs but our actual charge is more layered than that. Brian LaRossa on the fear on both sides of a design pitch: https://dogroup.co/2IGHV9V
This interview with legendary designer Chip Kidd is annoyingly locked behind a google survey which is a drag - but its worth the 2 minutes of admin to learn more about Chip’s process, career highlights, favourite radio station and more!
Book design lovers - check out this (close-to-funded) Kickstarter project celebrating Juan Ángel Cotta's outstanding illustrated book covers… “Juan Ángel Cotta (1920-1962) was a talented young artist from Buenos Aires that charmed art critics from across the globe with his personal graphic style. His later work, the 103 covers of Los Libros del Mirasol — one of South America's most unique and appealing illustrated editorial collections — has been mostly lost and forgotten over time. Until Now.”
The spine looks like a stick of dynamite. Super appropriate for the subject matter! Designed by Paul Belford’s creative agency check out more of their work here