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.
- Sam Pilling directs video for DJ Shadow track Nobody Speaks
- Mrzyk & Moriceau's hilariously psychedelic music video for The Avalanches
- Nick Waplington's artwork for Yak, a striking representation of their sound
- Ondrej Bachor and Jan Horcik create ever-evolving identity for fashion designer Karolina Jurikova
- Bodil Jane's illustrations: ornate, exotic and really very lovely
- Drifting SUVs in the Arabian desert: Peter Garritano explores the world of hajwalah
- Sagmeister & Walsh rebrands fashion label Milly to reflect its "edgy" new personality
- Dominic Wilcox designs art exhibition for dogs (plus exclusive artist sketches)
- Jaemin Lee’s gloriously retro exhibition identities and poster designs
- James Jean’s phantasmagorical world of technicolour fever dreams
- The Refugee Nation Olympic flag was inspired by a lifejacket
- Things: the inspiring post that got us through the long hot summer nights of August