We like books over here at It’s Nice That. We like how they feel in your hands, how they smell when they’re fresh from the printers and how they change in character as you lend and retrieve them from people. We can’t stand it when they’re not returned though; that’s NEVER acceptable. What we really love though, is when the covers are beautifully designed, offering a concise, communicative graphic snapshot into the text you’re about to digest.
Vintage have a pretty solid track record when it comes to commissioning beautiful book covers and they’ve recently set up a blog called CMYK that offers you an insight into their process, demonstrating their impressive commitment to the designed elements of the printed medium. The blog itself is pretty minimal; a selection of images and short paragraphs detailing the intricacy of commissioning from the creatives they approach to last-minute changes in artistic direction.
It’s a unique resource for anyone looking to better understand how art directors go from concept to final artwork and a lovely excuse to spend some time with some great Vintage titles.
- Photographer Peter Anderson on his experiments with a Widelux camera and their "wonderful distortions"
- "We are visual storytellers": studio Córdova Canillas talks us through the redesign of Fucking Young! magazine
- A sneak peak into Patrick Kyle’s new comic, Night Door
- Liam Cobb illustrates the collapse of the Heygate Estate in latest comic Conditioner
- “Imagination doesn’t compare to our real life design history”: Annie Atkins on the art of graphic design for film
- X-Rated Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s celebrates gloriously crude B-movie artwork
- The New York Times Magazine’s new cover is actually a painting
- BBC’s new typeface BBC Reith is designed to improve legibility on screen
- “It needs to be normalised that women masturbate”: meet illustrator Jordyn McGeachin
- Life through the lens of enchanting photographer Vicki King
- Six months in the (enviable) life of photographer Ryan Lowry
- We get to know hilarious and thoughtful illustrator, Ruby Etc