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.
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs