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Books, Design and Culture

December 22, 2015
by Dan

Series Design 2015

In my last post on the book covers of 2015, I thought I would take a look back at some of the series that caught my eye this this year… Stephen Baxter / Manifold; design by Mike Topping (Harper Voyager … Continue reading

July 6, 2015
by Dan

Books Covered by Stuart Bache

Designer Stuart Bache, art director of Oneworld Publications, has started a new vlog about book cover design. In his latest video, Stuart looks at the cover for A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell, designed by Jo Walker:   … Continue reading

April 28, 2014
by Dan

Triangles Are My Favourite Shape

Let’s tessellate… I’ve been thinking a lot about triangle patterns recently (that’s just how my mind works — don’t ask) and collecting together a few book covers (and related matter) that use them in their designs. I thought I’d share some of the things … Continue reading

March 5, 2012
by Dan
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Monday Miscellany

It is all hands to the pump at The Optimist HQ right now (meetings, deadlines, house maintenance, and vomit-propelled kids), but apologies for the missing links on Friday. Here’s a very quick Monday round-up to make up for it: Designer Stuart … Continue reading

July 13, 2011
by Dan

Le Carré | Matt Taylor

Not long ago, I posted Stuart Bache’s wonderfully cinematic John Le Carré covers for Sceptre in the UK. Now (as mentioned earlier today) John Le Carré’s American publisher Penguin have reissued new editions of his books with amazing illustrations by Brighton-based … Continue reading

April 26, 2011
by Dan

Bricks | Stuart Bache

British designer Stuart Bache was art director on this lovely cover for the forthcoming novel Bricks by Leon Jenner. The epic cover illustration is by Jorn Kaspuhl, who also illustrated the book. There is a really nice sense of something … Continue reading

February 10, 2011
by Dan

Le Carré | Stuart Bache

I’m a big fan John Le Carré’s spy stories, so I was really pleased to see these wonderfully stark redesigns for Sceptre by British designer Stuart Bache, who I interviewed last year about his cover designs for the Canongate editions … Continue reading

June 8, 2010
by Dan

Gil Scott-Heron Redesigns by Stuart Bache

Born in Chicago, April 1, 1949, poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron is perhaps best known for the politically infused bluesy soul and proto-hip-hop he created with Brian Jackson in the early 1970’s. Although recently troubled by drug addiction and in … Continue reading

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