All about this tonight. Just moving stuff round and round the page. It’s something I’ve been avoiding but I haven’t looked at the book for a few days and it feels good to approach it with fresh eyes!

There are a couple of pages early on, like this one, that aren’t quite sitting right. My design get’s more confident as you progress into the book, like you would expect. I had some feedback that said the start of the book didn’t look like it was designed by the same person as the back. I definitely got into the swing of it towards the middle and now it’s time to revisit the early pages.

It’s a toss up between a page looking too empty and utilising the negative space. I don’t want to plonk stuff in just to fill gaps, it will be obvious if I do, but this page in particular is causing problems! 

I didn’t really want the text to be hyphenated, although it’s hard to avoid in this situation with ‘prosperity’ being a long old word. I know there are critics out there who HATE unnecessary hyphenation and I don’t want this to fall into that category. Will only split the word if I have to. 

So yeah, this is me tonight! WIPWIPWIP

And this ere:

http://theagsc.com/community/tutorials/so-whats-the-big-deal-with-horizontal-vertical-bezier-handles-anyway

Here are some tips on using illustrator that I wish someone had shown me sooner!

LOL. Here’s something that will give you a headache before bed. You’re welcome.

LOL. Here’s something that will give you a headache before bed. You’re welcome.

EXPORTED THIS AS ‘AHHHHH’ BECAUSE THAT’S HOW I’M FEELING RIGHT NOW.
Thought the difficult bit would be getting the globe to look like it’s inside the mug but nah, that was the easy bit. Everything else can just, you know. Go away.
My head and eyes hurt so much. Does this even look better? That shading right in any way? It’s going to be so small I bet you won’t even be able to tell anyway.
My eyes are going funny and my hands are clammy from sitting at this computer FOR SO LONG.

EXPORTED THIS AS ‘AHHHHH’ BECAUSE THAT’S HOW I’M FEELING RIGHT NOW.

Thought the difficult bit would be getting the globe to look like it’s inside the mug but nah, that was the easy bit. Everything else can just, you know. Go away.

My head and eyes hurt so much. Does this even look better? That shading right in any way? 

It’s going to be so small I bet you won’t even be able to tell anyway.

My eyes are going funny and my hands are clammy from sitting at this computer FOR SO LONG.

RIGHT. This is not working.
TIME TO START AGAIN :(

RIGHT. This is not working.

TIME TO START AGAIN :(

getting lost on the internet

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Here are some work in progress shots and a sneaky peak for ya. Started as sketchbook ideas but I can’t upload those at the moment because I have no camera or phone right now.

This is still very rough, just ideas at the moment so we’ll see where it goes and whether it actually works.

So far… better than I had though! Need to tweak outlines and stuff, was rushing it so I could right it off quickly if it failed immedietely! I haven’t got time anymore to follow ideas that aren’t working.

This is for if we are going for the name Coffee: Bean around the world. Or Bean Around the World: A Short History of Coffee 

Today. Jamie XX: Girl

Wow. I reallllly rate this paintings by Tristan Pigott. Actually got pretty excited by them! So nice to see oil used as a medium in contemporary practise. I’m impressed! 

The images aren’t trying to be ‘trendy’ they are capturing a very realistic view of what people look like these days. That is how people dress so I’m glad he hasn’t shied away from current fashion but has maintained subtle emphasis on the style of today which will make the images accessible and appreciated by a wide audience. Although focus is on the people I really like surreal eliminate and the unusually placed inanimate objects like that turkey, what?! Sourced from BNTL. Av a look

http://bntl.co.uk/paintings-by-tristan-pigott/

http://bntl.co.uk/paintings-by-tristan-pigott/

Book names development…

Good old Facebook helping me out. Always good to get feedback off others! Had some really great input, at the moment some top contenders are:

Coffee: Bean around the world

Coffee: From the grounds up

Coffee: From bean to cup

Bean around the world: A short history of coffee

GRIND

Deja Brew

Bean and gone: a history of coffee and cafe culture
This gives me definitely something to work with now! Going to test them out, see how they work on the page and try and visualise some of these ideas. Better get sketch booking!

 

Inspiration: Mario Degrada: Here’s a more colourful alternitive. These are just great aren’t they? I don’t actually know how modern they are. They don’t LOOK very modern but that could be the desired outcome. I particularly like last two, I think that’s the pink again! And the slightly seductive neck. The colour palette on each one is just so striking. I’d love to have the collection to own! I’m not sure if I’m 100% set on the position of the text but I think that’s just personal preference. It’s a bit bottom heavy, I’d rather it was staggered down from the top to the bottom as though it were leading you into the book.

More stuff to consider!

christina-bull:

Classic Book Cover Series- Christina Bull
2014
www.christina-bull.com

A system of book covers using minimalistic symbols from each of the books.

Inspiration: Scott Colley

Again, simple but considered. Works really well as a collection! The spine is particularly effective, I would definitely reach for it on a shelf. Not sure what the shapes symbolise though… 

Black and that off white is pretty much a guaranteed good though isn’t it. Automatically makes everything look smarter. I guess if you’re just using a plain white background you have to consider your spine much more if you want people to pick it up.

My issue with the spine at the moment is I don’t know what width it will be, meeting with the printers tomorrow though so hopefully I can get a better idea then.

(Source: behance.net, via acharmingsociopath)

Inspiration: Oliver Munday’s designs are exactly the kind of thing I’d be aiming for. Just simple, not overly fussy but clever and inventive. 

He’s clearly taken time to think about the content and how he can convey the content it in one single image. This is what I need to do really. I guess a good book cover is one that let’s the audience know what to expect from the inside in a simple, easy to understand, straight forward manner. The better the aesthetics, the more inclined you will be to pick up the book in the first place.

I am lucky in that my colour scheme on the inside is one I think will work well as the cover… it’s actually pretty much the same as the third image down here. Pink would make a good background colour, it will stand out against other books, rather than if the background was white or black. You have to imagine how it will look on the shelf.

Although, this is more a ‘coffee table’ type book, will probably stand alone mostly. I imagine if it was sold it would be a short run, in independent design shops. They’re usually displayed in stacks rather than alongs shelves.

Something to consider anyway.