Posted on 13th Dec, 2016 by Sally Campbell
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.
Posted on 11th Nov, 2016 by Sally Campbell
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.
Posted on 21st Oct, 2016 by Sally Campbell
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.
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.
Posted on 1st Dec, 2015 by Sally Campbell
We are delighted to announce Award-winning designer Coralie Bickford-Smith’s illustrated story as our Waterstones Book of the Year 2015
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.
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.
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.
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...
Posted on 18th Feb, 2014 by Guest contributor
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...
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