It's illustration and hand-lettering to the fore in our round-up of April's best in UK book-cover design, with numerous jackets using unconventional lettering to striking effect. There's also a fabulous neon-flecked cover from Faber's Luke Bird (and a frankly unmissable all-caps, slanted-italics type treatment that would likely be a dog's dinner under a lesser designer's hand), and two compositions apiece by designers Ami Smithson and Matthew Broughton. Bloomsbury, Granta, Oneworld, Picador, Thames & Hudson and Verso all have multiple covers in this month's round-up, too, though Faber leads the way, with a trio.
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Our first two picks are both US-oriented: Patti Ratchford art-directed Bloomsbury US' Insomniac City, penned by Bill Hayes, while The Best Minds of my Generation... by Allen Ginsberg is a profile of the beat generation with a somewhat refreshing angle from Tom Etherington, using photography by John Cohen.
Another Bloomsbury title comes in the form of Following On by Emma John, with the scrapbook effect achieved by designer Rob Biddulph. PRH imprint Corgi is also featured for Jennifer Bell's The Smoking Hourglass, which uses illustration by Karl Mountford. It's the US cover design of Katrina Damkoehler, with UK-appropriate amends implemented by Emily Smyth.
Unfortunately by the time this blog was posted, Egmont had not responded to our request to identify who designed its rather lovely The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding. If you know who did it, please do reach out and let us know. (Edit: we have since been informed that the book was designed and art directed by Egmont senior designer Laura Bird, using illustration by Chloe Bonfield.) Next to it is Dey Street Books' paperback iteration of Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti; it was designed by Lynn Buckley.
The first two of Faber's trio, now, starting with Matthew Broughton (more of whom later) and his colourful composition for The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw. It sits next to Jason Rekulak's The Impossible Fortress, which was designed by Faber's Alex Kirby.
Faber's third title was mentioned in the introduction: Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag, designed very ably by Luke Bird. It is accompanied by gray318's cover for Granta publication To Be a Machine, written by Mark O'Connell, which utilises photography by Marco Fernandes. The photograph in question is named "R3bot zeropointtwo".