The future of book publishing is definitely orange, judging by two of the Booker Prize contenders. Like Margaret Atwood’s latest opus, Shena Mackay’s tome offers a muted version of the fashionable shade. You can see why Button Design chose Cicely Brown’s flaming painting as an image bleeding off the hardback cover. The book’s protagonist is after all “red-headed Ruby, a publican’s daughter with a taste for flames”. But the overall concept and prim typeface don’t set you alight. Published by Heinemann, priced 12.99. a fine balance
We speak to designer Christine Ayre, who was recently made a Fellow of King’s College London, about how design can give a sense of coherency to institutions’ output.
The design studio’s future-facing vehicle concept has Covid precautions and details inspired by the city of London.
Illustrator Natasha Durley discusses modernising the classic nature series, incorporating new features of the UK’s landscape and a “layered” technique.
As part of our series looking at in-house design teams, we talk to Facebook director of product design Austin Chang about cross-family design, moving beyond apps and taking on 1,000