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Books, Design and Culture

May 1, 2012
by Dan
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St. Aubyn Redesigns by Stuart Wilson

A few weeks ago, I mentioned Stuart Wilson’s unsettling redesigns for the Picador (UK) editions of the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Here’s the full the set:

December 5, 2011
by Dan
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Raincoast Spring Books

I was out west for the Raincoast Books spring 2012 sales conference last week. Sadly I didn’t get to see much of Vancouver or catch up with half the people I meant to, but I did get to hear about a … Continue reading

August 2, 2011
by Dan
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Humiliation | Henry Sene Yee

Just too good not to share, here’s an unused comp for Humiliation by Wayne Koestenbaum  designed by Henry Sene Yee for Picador’s Big Ideas // Small Books series. The photograph is by Jon Shireman. You can see the final cover and … Continue reading

July 18, 2011
by Dan
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Richard Price Paperbacks | Henry Sene Yee

Columbine and A Wall in Palestine: cover designs by Henry Sene Yee Henry Sene Yee is a designer and art director at Picador USA. The very of his best work (and all of it is good) — his cover designs … Continue reading

March 23, 2011
by Dan
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Picador Spring 2011 Covers

Picador have just posted all their Spring 2011 covers to Facebook. There’s some lovely work. Here are a few favourites: The Fever: Cover design by LeeAnn Falciani Watching the World Change: Cover design by Henry Sene Yee • Cover photograph … Continue reading

December 11, 2009
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

It’s been a slightly shite week in the book trade this week. Amidst the plethora of end of year/decade “Best of…” lists and gift guides, it was announced that Kirkus and Editor & Publisher Magazine are going to close (are … Continue reading

October 14, 2009
by Dan
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Missed Things: Wednesday

Henry Sene Yee, Creative Director of Picador, discusses the elegantly understated cover design for Time by Eva Hoffman, the latest addition to Picador’s BIG IDEAS // small books series. And I’ve mentioned this before but it bears repeating: Picador are … Continue reading

August 21, 2009
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend, August 21st, 2009

Picador Paperback have posted their fall catalogue to Facebook. Apparently they also did this with their spring list too . Needless to say, I think this is  a great idea. Is any one else doing it? (via Arthur’s Design) Control — … Continue reading

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