To July’s book covers of choice. And it’s a super month, topped only by August, I reckon, for which there are some absolutely belting jacket designs lined up. There’s a real breadth of aesthetic in this month’s picks, ranging from brilliantly spare covers from Bloomsbury and Unbound, through to some maniacally detailed illustrated numbers: Gingko and Sceptre—which commissioned the always excellent Kai and Sunny—we’re looking at you. There’s also a beautiful and, frankly, quite annoyingly clever cover from Oliver Munday for Cape, while my favourite design credit goes to… well, a designer’s mother: Mrs Helen Crawford-White senior, to be precise, who sewed the typography adorning a Pushkin Children’s publication this month. A dab hand she is, too, by the looks of it.
This month’s picks were led by three female designers, each with two nods apiece: Rafi Romaya at Canongate—which scored a market-leading three nods across the month too—Julia Connolly at Penguin Random House and Ami Smithson at Picador. Keep an especial eye out ‘in real life’ for Rafi’s latest collaboration with illustrator Yehrin Tong, a foiled number for Michel Faber, which has worked out pretty nicely for them in the past.
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First up we have a 4th Estate publication, RisingTideFallingStar by Philip Hoare, which has been designed by Julian Humphries. It’s next to the intriguingly sparse The Incest Diary, designed by Rodrigo Corral. We can’t think why the author hasn’t been credited on that one…
The first two of a Canongate hat-trick, here: the Rafi Romaya-designed Getting it in the Head by Mike McCormack (more of Rafi and that framing device very soon…) and the livery for Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time, which was designed and illustrated by Peter Adlington.
Under the Skin by Michel Faber, once again using the Canons’ series grid, was art-directed by Rafi Romaya and illustrated by Yehrin Tong. Alongside it lies So Happy it Hurts by Anneliese Mackintosh, the first of two selections designed by Julia Connolly in this month’s stack. It’s to be published by Jonathan Cape.
Jonathan Cape will also issue Shark Drunk by Morten Stroksnes, which was designed by Oliver Monday, while Del Rey publication The Regional Office is Under Attack!, by Manuel Gonzales, was designed in-house by head of design David Grogan.
A Faber pair up next: The Zoo by Christopher Wilson and The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin. The former was designed by Alex Kirby, while the latter—which I’m told is to be printed using glow-in-the-dark ink—was designed by Eleanor Crow, using illustration from Michael Kirkham.