— Mina Bach

Very excited to be able to show a bit of the process for ‘The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird’ by the amazing Arabella Weir and my first book jacket for Piccadilly Press (first of many, hopefully!).

I love Emmanuelle Walker‘s work and shortly after receiving the cover brief from the publisher I went to see her solo exhibition ‘Passers-by’ at The Book Club, I knew she would be perfect for it and was thrilled when she agreed!  We had to have Tabitha on the cover and I thought the heart-shaped glasses and the tangled dog leash would add an element of fun:

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I tried dozens of different colourways…

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…and type treatments…

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… until we had the final cover:
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Available from your local bookshop, the Book Depository and Amazon.

I attended Unit Editions studio event last week, celebrating the launch of Supernew Supergraphics, a collection of the best architectural, environmental and interior graphic design. A follow-up to their well known Supergraphics the first book on the subject that I’m lucky enough to own and treasure (it’s long since sold out and not going to re-print so I recommend you go buy Supernew Supergraphics now that you still can).

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At the panel discussion joining co-founders Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook, the supergraphics superheroes Morag Myerscough and Ian Cartlidge. Amidst the heat and cold beers the discussion started with Adrian giving a description of Supergraphics: ‘Giant letter forms, pictographs and bold brightly coloured geometric shapes, wrapped around corners or flowed across ceilings or onto floors expanding and contracting space’ and moved onto the history of Supergraphics from the late 1950s to early 60s praising the swiss educated American pioneer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon.

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The Temple of Agape at the Southbank which I had recently visited, was one of the projects Morag discussed, describing the process of working with architects as a collaboration rather than a commission and that communication and ‘speaking the language’ was key. She was also asked why Environmental is one of the only fields in Graphic Design widely dominated by women; when asked the same question, Paula Scher answered that it was just badly paid, Morag bravely replied: ‘Because it’s the best’.

Read more and see my stripey top make an appearance on the Unit Editions Blog.

Nothing more unfortunate than finding yourself in the best ice-cream shop in the Universe with a sore throat. Woe is me! I did however manage to find the second best thing at Gelupo‘s: Amarelli anised sweets. The packaging, the lettering!

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I immediately thought it must have been the work of the amazing Louise Fili but a quick Google search proved me wrong: it’s actually by Rome-based studio Angelini Design - great work! And a happy throat :)

Just came across this gem by Grant Snider from the New York Times Book Review, genius!

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Very much a work in progress, I’ve been having a bit of fun with The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde thinking about the mirror (a major symbol in the novel) and the layers that conceal and reveal what was always in fact there:

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Book Cover by Mina Bach

One of the projects I’ve been enjoying working on lately is this cover for ‘On The Road’. I wanted to stay away from the computer for this one and after a bit of research (Pinterest ‘On The Road’ board) I realised I didn’t want to include any literal or obvious references to a road or a car and decided to focus on the idea of the journey instead. I imagine the perfect road trip can only possibly start by dropping pins on an old map and tracing the route with bright red thread so I did exactly that with type:

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Final design mock-up with the ‘O’ subtly referencing a wheel and the second ‘O’ and ‘D’ road painted lines:

On The Road Kerouac Book Cover by Mina Bach

I love  peeking into people’s houses, the way we furnish our private spaces – those only our nearest and dearest have access to – says a lot about our own particular taste. When it comes to interiors I favour the extremes: the bare minimal (I dream of having an empty white room in my future home) and the excess (my bedroom right now). Spanish fashion designer David Delfin falls into the former when it comes to his design work but seems to prefer the ‘more is more’ at home. Following his instagram is a joy, I love the way he mixes design classics with vintage gems. Too much of a good thing can be truly wonderful!

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