All designers will tell you that the design process is one of perserverance, failure, hard work and eventual triumph. Book cover design is no different. The idea for the book stemmed from attending a talk at St. Bride's Foundation, watching Jon Gray and Jamie Keenan present a carousel of beautiful covers that have never seen the cover of a book as they were rejected (for various reasons) along the way. The proverbial lightbulb went up - why not publish a book about rejected covers?
'No, No, No, No, Yes: Book Design Uncovered' brings together 25 published book covers and 100 alternatives seen in print for the very first time. Drawing on submissions from book cover designers from across the world, the book is part peek behind the curtain of the book cover design process, part alternative history of book covers.
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The majority of master artists have trouble expressing their thoughts and techniques, to pass their wisdom on to us mere mortals. Not so Edward Johnston. An acknowledged master calligrapher and expert on Classical and Medieval writing and lettering, Johnston was also a captivating teacher at the Central School and the Royal Academy of Art.
He distilled a lifetime of knowledge and craftsmanship in to his classic text "Writing and Illuminating and Lettering"; his contextual and instructional writing is precise and engaging. The sheer breadth of techniques and art forms displayed within was astonishing, and remains so over 100 years since the first edition.
An essential manual for the amateur calligrapher and professional graphic artist alike, D&B Books are set on re-establishing Johnston as the godfather of Western typography. Creator of Johnston Sans, teacher to Eric Gill and genius behind the London Underground roundel – "Writing & Illuminating & Lettering" is truly a fitting legacy of a great man of British art.
Completely and vividly re-designed by Paul Felton with a new introduction by the same designer, we adhered to the principles laid out within its very pages to produce this beautifully contemporary edition.
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Established in 2013 by David Dunn with the aim to publish the best in graphic design, photography, art and music books. Having worked for both high profile publishers and literary agencies, he fulfilled a lifelong dream in establishing a publishing house that not only reflected his personal tastes but those often ignored by mainstream publishing.
Our aim is to publish thoughtful, inspiring, vivid and beautifully produced books. We are in turn inspired by the proliferation of small presses publishing challenging and essential books on their own terms.
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