Despite the fact that Jack Smyth describes himself as someone who came “a bit late to the design game”, the London-based designer has racked up an impressive amount of book cover designs. Most recently, this includes Nigel Slater’s new book Greenfeast, and previously a collection of Benjamin Zephaniah’s poems and a revamp of Kurt Vonnegut’s works.
The enigmatic illustrator Elevator Teeth occupies Twitter under the description “creator of missing content” and in the location “internet void”, periodically posting fragments of cryptic text: “professional sunflower seed”, “live pond scumming”, “built to spit”, “16 pages of guts”, “my cousin told me I smelled like a church”, “yeah, I licked the drawing”, “my ceramic head”. Their illustrative style is reflective of their online identity, combining text and image to visualise the obscure interior landscape of the mind. Speaking of this interaction between the linguistic and the visual in their work, Elevator Teeth says: “For my work, words are of equal importance to images, as both can help guide you into a certain place, or create a certain feeling, or a kind of confusion. And I like to play with words, in the same way that I play with lines, shapes, and so on in the visual realm.”