A few months ago I won a student competition to redesign the paperback book cover of Charlie Fletcher’s novel “Far Rockaway”. I created a papercut design inspired by various elements within the story, including the drama and the expanse of the landscape. For the final book, published by Hodder Children’s Books, elements of my designs were integrated into the cover and some pages of the book (a little challenge for you – see how many faces you can spot within my papercuts!).
Yesterday evening, during a discussion panel at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Edinburgh themed “Do you judge a book by it’s cover?” I had the chance to meet and discuss the design procedure with author Charlie Fletcher, Jonathan Gibbs, Head of Illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art, Anne McNeil, Publishing Director of Hodder Children’s Books, and Janet Smyth, Children’s Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival; all the people who are usually behind the scenes during the creation and marketing of a book. Here are some pictures of the event: