Inspired by one of our favourite covers of the year, H is for Hawk, we shall be paying tribute to a subject favoured by many designers, illustrator and art directors across the globe – birds. More specifically we’ll be focussing on a popular pairing we’ve noticed lately: bird designs combined with hand-drawn lettering.
Struggling to find a starting point for a cover you’re involved with? Why not try experimenting with this winning formula yourself?
1. H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald
Chris Wormell’s illustration of a proud hawk is enhanced by bold, slightly irregular typography in a rich black. It reminded us of vintage educational posters. Publisher: Jonathan Cape
2. The 10 P.M. Question, Kate de Goldi
Here a more scratchy text is beautifully matched with a vibrant, textured collage image. The grungy background ties it all together and adds a slightly edgy, sinister note. Illustration by Sarah Maxey. Publisher: Templar Publishing
3. A Love Letter from a Stray Moon, Jay Griffiths
4. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
Designer Keith Hayes lets Carel Fabritius’s painting, The Goldfinch, take centre-stage on this cover. The little bird is framed with simple elements: white paper, masking tape and casually drawn charcoal text. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
5. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris
This somewhat provocatively titled book caught our attention. The instantly recognisable silhouette of an owl (a long-eared owl to be precise) is paired with childlike handwriting. The playful composition suits the mix of upper and lower case characters. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company If you have favourites of your own please share them with us below. We’ll also be publishing a book cover design tutorial very soon.