book covers

  1. Paul Rand (1914 – 1996)

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    Paul Rand was an American graphic designer, and would have been 100 years old today. Best know for his corporate identity designs. Some of his well famous logo designs include IBM, UPS, Enron, Westinghouse, and ABC.

    Mr Rand pulled inspiration from multiple field including art, design, architecture, literature, and philosophy. By having such a vast pool of thought, by experimenting, and by confidently not being original, the work he produced was considered ground-breaking. He also understood the importance of humour in his work, the easiest way to make a client happy is to make them smile.

    Mr Rand’s work and words still resonate today. A brilliant place to find both is paul-rand.com. I will leave you with a couple of Mr Rand’s quotes, as one is just never enough.

    “Providing, meaning to a mass of unrelated needs, ideas, words and pictures – it is the designer’s job to select and fit this material together and make it interesting.”

    “Without aesthetic, design is either the humdrum repetition of familiar clichés or a wild scramble for novelty. Without the aesthetic, the computer is but a mindless speed machine, producing effects without substance. Form without relevant content, or content without meaningful form.”

    Happy birthday and thank you, Mr Rand.

  2. Erwin Madrid

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    Erwin Madrid was born in the Philippines and grew up in California, USA. His talents were spotted very early on by Dreamworks, who hired him during his last semester at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He worked on a lot of the Shrek franchise, as well as the Madagascar sequel. He also creates some beautiful children’s book illustrations and has illustrated a comic book titled ‘Ananke’, which looks incredible.

    Erwin Madrid has inspired me a lot in my own work, so I hope he can do the same for you.

  3. Lianne Harrison

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    Lianne Harrison is from the Malvern Hills, and now works from London. Most of her illustrations use a collage technique, and she also makes great use of her handwriting to give her work a unique feel. She’s created book jackets, illustrated maps and some great editorial illustrations. Clients include GQ Magazine, Spiral Productions and The Vegan Society. She was shortlisted for The Penguin Design Award in 2009 and in 2011 her work was selected by The Association of Illustrators to exhibit at the London Transport Museum. Visit her website to see more…

  4. Kate Baylay

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    We have a real gem of an illustrator today (as of course we do every day)! Kate Baylay creates some of the loveliest book covers I’ve seen in a long time. Her blog is a real treasure-trove, with inner workings, sketches and more. Recently, she has even created some puppets out of wood, clay and other materials. Aside from her excellent book jackets, she also is interested in designing illustrated novels and children’s books. I’m sure her talents will keep her busy; we predict a long and successful career for Kate Baylay.

  5. Louis Thomas

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    Louis Thomas is based in Paris, France. He has a great knack for character design, using shapes interestingly to create expressive forms. There are a couple of really nice book jacket designs on his blog too. His colours are intelligent and sophisticated. Often he uses colours that are not particularly attractive in their own right; but together with other colours and in the right context become attractive. To see more of Louis’ excellent work, visit his blog.