One of those projects where 90% of the work was hours and hours of heartbreaking picture research. But I found a gem – Giulio Menna's photograph of a stable-barracks at Auschwitz is hauntingly beautiful.
A little personal project plucked from the film/design Venn diagram in my head: Vulture books. It's one part tribute to my favourite design birds and one part utter geekery. It started with me watching a film and thinking "what if that book they mentioned was an actual paperback I could sling onto my shelves?", and it spun out of control from there (full geek points if can identify the origins of each book).
Initially, I thought these non-fiction titles would work perfectly as Pelican books (my blue heaven of book design), but then I thought they deserved their own imprint. This involved a lot of ornithological research and a lot of staring at the Death Records logo. Eventually, I managed to draw a chirpy little vulture. He looks a bit malevolent, but still has a cheeky glint in his eye.
Unused concepts for Bloomsbury's Modernist Archive series. Still rather fond of these.
Cover for Geir Farner's Literary Fiction. Completely gave in to my parallel line obsession with this one. I blame Debbie Harry.
Boring Formless Nonsense
My first cover for Bloomsbury, eldritch Priest's brilliantly titled Boring Formless Nonsense. And he seems to like it:
"A really wonderful design! It evokes half-formed associations of the "Black Lodge" from Twin Peaks that I think is resonant with the text's own strangeness."
Beneath that is another concept that almost made it. One of my favourite unloved covers.
Newsprint magazine for the Higher Education Academy, created during my time there as in-house designer.
Unused concept for forthcoming Bloomsbury text on Russian and American postmodern poetry.
Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go was definitely one of my films of 2011, so when Paul Willoughby tweeted up a picture of Carey Mulligan from a recent Little White Lies photo shoot, I thought it'd make for a nice poster. So here it is.
And yes, I realise she doesn't actually have that hairstyle in the film, but lets just ignore that for now, shall we? I can't be expected to keep up to date with every single actor's hair-do. Just trying to stay abreast of Nicholas Cage's barnet alone would be a full-time job.
Moments of Decision
Unused concept for Stephen Eric Bronner's classic political history text. Didn't make it onto the second edition, but I'm still rather fond of it.
Posters designed for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme's annual awards ceremony.