Posts tagged ‘design’

Harper Collins: I dieci comandamenti della copertina/The ten commandments of a book cover

The design team at Harper Collins have come up with ten tips to help you create an eye-catching book cover.

1. Look at the competition – what are other designers creating, what are the current trends, and what will make your design stand out?

2. Create a moodboard – get a feel for the book by amassing ideas and inspirations.

3. Give yourself a deadline to come up with initial concepts.

4. Always fulfil the brief – but don’t be afraid to try other ideas as well

5. Keep all the roughs or initial workings you do – you never know where the inspiration for the winning design can come from!

6. Listen to any feedback. Remember, you don’t always have to agree with what other people say, but do get their opinions.

7. Read the book. It sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed how many artists and designers don’t. This is the best way to understand what the title is.

8. Keep it simple – straightforward, plain ideas are sometimes best.

9. Keep it legible – you want people to be able to read what they pick-up off the shelf.

10. Get your work in on time – don’t miss the competition deadline!

Nice job, folks!

The typographic rules (for gentlemen only)

Jackson Cook a 22 anni ha già stupito il suo ambiente con un bellissimo libro tipografico dall’ironico titolo di The book of fancy typographic rules for living by (for gentlemen only). Nato come compito per il corso universitario di tipografia, ha preso ispirazione da vecchi poster e dalla tipografia vittoriana.
Un lavoro ben riuscito!

The 22 year old graphic designer Jackson Cook made a wonderful book about typography called The book of fancy typographic rules for living by (for gentlemen only).
In his own words “This book was a project for my Advanced Typography class at SUNY Purchase College. The assignment was to simply create a book about typography, using appropriated text from other sources. The layout and example paragraphs was entirely up to the class to decide for themselves. I decided to draw inspiration from old wanted posters, and victorian typography for my book to create an old western feel to the book. I tried to make the project an exercise in creating as much contrast and color on the page, without actually using any color”.
A good work indeed!