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Q & A: Liz Catchpole on Designing the V&A Twelve Days of Christmas

Drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s vast archive, the V&A Twelve Days of Christmas carefully transposes elements from the Arts and Crafts heritage of William Morris to illustrate this most beloved of Christmas songs. For the project’s originator and designer Liz Catchpole, this masterfully-crafted work presented a unique series of design challenges.

Suzanne Dean On Designing The New Vintage Russian Classics Series

As the nights draw in and the days become crisp, what better texts to turn to than the Russian Classics? It just so happens, Vintage have released an absolutely exquisite new Russian Classic Series: six canonical texts in striking new covers. 
We are honoured that Waterstones is the only bookshop to stock the books before their general release in January. The creator of these stunning designs, Suzanne Dean, Creative Director at Vintage, has been kind enough to give us an exclusive peek into her creative process.

Q & A: Suzanne Dean on Designing Ian McEwan’s Nutshell

Inspired by Hamlet and told from the point of view of an embryo, Ian McEwan’s 17th novel Nutshell is a 'virtuoso entertainment' (The Guardian); a remarkable read, the book presented a uniquely fascinating challenge for cover designer Suzanne Dean, Creative Director at Vintage Books. Waterstones Online's Sally Campbell was lucky enough to catch up with Dean to discuss her process for Nutshell and how she arrived at the final, pared-down, singular yet striking design.

Designing the cover for Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend

Designing the cover for Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend

Posted on 7th Apr, 2016 by Paul Coomey

Take a journey through the mind of Paul Coomey, Head Designer at Simon and Schuster, and the ten iterations it took to find the ideal cover for 'the most outrageous book of the year', YA title Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend.

The Fox and The Star named Waterstones Book of the Year

We are delighted to announce Award-winning designer Coralie Bickford-Smith’s illustrated story as our Waterstones Book of the Year 2015

Confession: I judge books by their covers

Despite trying not to, it can sometimes be tempting to judge a book by its cover. Hooded figure? Science fiction. Black background and grey font? Erotica. Silhouetted man? Thriller featuring a renegade who, damn it, doesn't play by the rules. Isabel Popple confesses to something that, let's face it, we all do.

Designing Oksa Pollock

Designing Oksa Pollock

Posted on 5th Nov, 2014 by Waterstones

With the Oksa Pollock series a European sensation, designer Tom Sanderson reveals how he went about creating a look for the UK covers which captured the excitement of the stories.

Violet and the Pearl of the Orient

Designer Jane Buckley shares the evolution of her jacket for Harriet Whitehorn’s quirky detective début, Violet and the Pearl of the Orient. Warning: contains scenes of cat obsession and spaghetti-eating!                                         

Designing A Puffin Book

Designing A Puffin Book

Posted on 10th Jul, 2014 by Guest contributor

Sam Combes, Senior Designer at Puffin, tells us how she approached the daunting task of creating a new look for the A Puffin Book series.

Designing Nick Harkaway's Tigerman

Designing Nick Harkaway's Tigerman

Posted on 22nd May, 2014 by Glenn O’Neil

Glenn O’Neil, the deputy art director at Cornerstone and the designer behind Nick Harkaway’s new novel, Tigerman, gives us an insight into the cover’s creation.

The Rosie (cover) Project

The Rosie (cover) Project

Posted on 2nd Apr, 2014 by Guest contributor

We're excited to be revealing the cover to Graeme Simsion's bestselling comedy romance The Rosie Project's much anticipated sequel tomorrow - but today we're taking a look at how the original's iconic cover was developed, and the different designs used for the book all around the world...

Winter is coming: a new look for George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire

George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series - the books that inspired HBO's Game of Thrones - have a brand new look, as Senior Designer Richard Augustus explains...