Posts tagged ‘Harper Collins’

Great Designers/Grandi Designer: Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich

Bembo's Zoo

Bembo's Zoo

Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich è uno dei pochi designer capacidi stupire con il proprio lavoro. Direttore creativo della casa editrice Harper Collins, tra i suoi clienti annovera Adobe, Alfred A. Knopf, Columbia Records, MTV.
Il suo stile giocoso si esprime soprattutto tramite la tipografia. Come un novello Arcimboldo, assembla caratteri tipografici e segni d’interpunzione per creare ritratti di persone famose, animali e oggetti. Un giretto sul suo sito vi illuminerà sugli innumerevoli lavori eseguiti. Bembo’s Zoo, il suo primo libro per bambini, è un abecedario dove i disegni dei diversi animali sono formati dalle lettere che ne compongono il nome. Come suggerito dal titolo, il carattere tipografico scelto è l’elegante Bembo.
Stesso meccanismo vale per il libro Men of Letters & People of Substance in cui rappresenta però artisti e persone note.

Men of Letters & People of Substance

Men of Letters & People of Substance (Virginia Woolf and Oscar Wilde)

Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich is an amazing brazilian designer. He made several book jackets but his best works are his own books and his websites.
His client list that includes Adobe, Alfred A. Knopf, Columbia Records, MTV and now he works as a Senior Creative Direction/VP at Harper Collins.
His graphic style is playful, like in his children’s book debut,
Bembo’s Zoo, were he plays with typography making illustrations using only Bembo’s letterforms and punctuation.
On his website you can find all his books and works.

Words at Play

Words at Play (Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville)

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!