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
The branding features a strong, typographic logo based on the designer’s initials, and a “clashing” colour palette of beige and pink.
Last week, we wrote about a new retrospective on graphic designer Nigel Waymouth, whose psychedelic work graced the album covers of Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix during the 1960s. Now,
Illustrator and designer Ben Tallon looks at how rising tuition fees are deterring budding creative students, and asks whether short courses could be just as valuable.
The organisation’s ongoing Design in the Public Sector programme will focus on addressing lifestyle issues such as smoking through prevention methods as part of a 16-week course.