Etikettarkiv: Emily Mahon

Årets bästa bokomslag 2016

Vi har redan sammanställt en lista med några av våra svenska favoritomslag 2016. Nedan följer en rad amerikanska, samt en del brittiska, omslag som vi tycker står ut i 2016 års utgivning. Omslagen är inte rangordnade på något sätt.

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Rivka Galchen – Little Labors (New Directions) Design: Paul Sahre

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W.G. Sebald – Vertigo (New Directions) Design: Peter Mendelsund

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W.G. Sebald – Rings of Saturn (New Directions) Design: Peter Mendelsund

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Safiya Sinclair – Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press) Design: Nathan Putens. Artwork: Wangechi Mutu

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Ben H. Winters – Underground Airlines (Mulholland Books) Design: Oliver Munday

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Renee Gladman – Calamities (Wave Books) Design: Jeff Clark 

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Ari Banias – Anybody (W.W. Norton & Co) Design: JAM Design

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Geoffrey Nutter – Cities at Dawn (Wave Books) Design: Jeff Clark

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Jade Chang – The Wangs vs. the World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Design: Kimberly Glyder

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Claire-Louise Bennett – Pond (Riverhead) Design: Alex Merto

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Nick Seeley – Cambodia Noir (Simon & Schuster) Design: Alex Merto

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Reiner Stach – Is That Kafka? 99 Finds (New Directions) Design: Erik Carter

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Tennessee Williams – Now the Cats With Jeweled Claws (New Directions) Design: Erik Carter

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Roger Lewinter – Story of Love in Solitude (New Directions) Design: Erik Carter

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Damien Angelica Walters – Paper Tigers (Dark House Press) Design: Alban Fischer

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Alejandra Pizarnik – Extracting the Stone of Madness (New Directions) Design: Rodrigo Corral

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Ricardo Cavolo & Scott McClanahan – The Incantations of Daniel Johnston (Two Dollar Radio) Design: Ricardo Cavolo

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Jonathan Lethem – A Gambler’s Anatomy (Doubleday) Design: gray318

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Jesse Ball – How to Set a Fire and Why (Pantheon) Design: Kelly Blair

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Augusten Burroughs – Lust & Wonder (St. Martin’s Press) Design: Olga Grlic

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William Shakespeare – The Tempest (Penguin Books) Design: David Pearson

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Rae Earl – My Mad Fat Diary (St. Martin’s Press/Griffin) Design: Olga Grlic

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David Salle – How to See (W.W. Norton) Design: Peter Mendelsund

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Suzanne Buffam – A Pillow Book (House of Anansi/Canarium Books) Design: Alysia Shewchuk

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Ronald C. White – American Ulysses (Random House) Design: Eric White. Foto: © Colorized History. Kolorering: Mads Madsen

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Charles Lambert – The Children’s Home (Scribner) Design: Jaya Miceli

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Angela Palm – Riverine (Graywolf Press) Design: Kimberly Glyder

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Danielle McLaughlin – Dinosaurs on Other Planets (Random House) Design: Emily Mahon

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Alec Ross – Industries of the Future (Simon & Schuster) Design: Jason Heuer

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Robin Wasserman – Girls on Fire (Harper Collins) Design: Robin Bilardello

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Erik Axl Sund – The Crow Girl (Knopf) Design: Peter Mendelsund & Oliver Munday

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Franz Kafka – Letters to Felice (Schocken) Design: Peter Mendelsund

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Franz Kafka – Letter to Friends, Family & Editors (Schocken) Design: Peter Mendelsund

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Stefan Hertmans – War & Turpentine (Pantheon) Design: Oliver Munday

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Harry Mulisch – The Assault (Pantheon) Design: Oliver Munday

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Mark de Silva – Square Wave (Two Dollar Radio) Design: Eric Obenauf & Eliza Wood-Obenauf

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Brit Bennett – The Mothers (Riverhead) Design: Rachel Wiley

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Alejandro Zambra – Multiple Choice (Granta) Design: Jonathan Pelham

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Agustin de Rojas – The Year 200 (Restless Books) Design: Edel Rodriguez

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Yoss – Super Extra Grande (Restless Books) Design: Edel Rodriguez

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Gaku Yakumaru – A Cop’s Eyes (Vertical) Design: Peter Mendelsund

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Eliot Weinberger – The Ghosts of Birds (New Directions) Design: Paul Sahre

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Max Porter – Grief is the Thing With Feathers (Graywolf Press) Design: Scott Sorenson

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Robert S. Lehman – Impossible Modernism (Stanford University Press) Design: Anne Jordan & Mitch Goldstein

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Amy Hungerford – Making Literature Now (Stanford University Press) Design: Anne Jordan & Mitch Goldstein

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Michael DeForge – Big Kids (Drawn & Quarterly) Design: Michael DeForge

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György Spiró – Captivity (Restless Books) Design: Rodrigo Corral

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Olivia Laing – The Lonely City (Picador USA) Design: Henry Sene Yee. Foto: Jerome Liebling

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Cal Moriarity – The Killing of Bobbi Lomax (Faber & Faber) Design: Alex Kirby

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Eileen Pollack – A Perfect Life (Ecco) Design: Allison Saltzman

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Boris Groys – In the Flow (Verso) Design: Everything Studio

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Ezekiel Boone – The Hatching (Atria Books) Design: Chelsea McGuckin

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Mike Roberts – Cannibals in Love (FSG Originals) Design: Na Kim

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Jonathan Safran Foer – Here I Am (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Design: gray318

Jag har ingen riktig överblick vad gäller amerikanska bokomslag – det ges ut så oerhört många titlar varje år – men ett par små och stora trender tror jag att jag kan identifiera i årets utgivning.

Färgen orange har under året använts flitigt jämfört med förra året och med hänsyn tagen till att den inte tillhör en av de vanligare färgerna. När den är som starkast är det en färg som är ovanligt visuellt anspråksfull, nästan påträngande, som på omslaget till Rivka Galchens Little Labors ovan. Men mer dämpade nyanser kan istället ge ett sobert och harmoniskt intryck.

En liten trend verkar vara omslag med växter och blommor på, som man framställer som om de slingrar sig runt och igenom bokstäverna. Jag tror att jag har sett ett tiotal omslag av det slaget, och jag tror att man kan koppla denna trend till en mer allmän barock eller dekadent trend.

Och den trenden hör, tror jag, i sin tur samman med att man på många omslag fragmenterar kroppar och ansikten, särskilt bilder av kvinnors kroppar och ansikten, men också den yttre verkligheten fragmenteras, som på Peter Mendelsunds fantastiska omslag till några av W.G. Sebalds böcker. Om bokomslag överhuvudtaget kan anses spegla samtiden, så framstår vår samtid som splittrad och svår att orientera sig i. Ja, postmodern, kan man väl hävda, med ett lite slitet begrepp.

Skriv gärna kommentarer och berätta vad du tycker. Vilket eller vilka omslag är snyggast? Känner du till något som vi missat och absolut bör ha med?

Och missa inte våra intervjuer med Kimberly Glyder, Alban Fischer, Anne Jordan, Jeff Clark och Emily Mahon.

Ola Wihlke

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Interview: Emily Mahon on designing book covers

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Doubleday, Illustration: Rizon Parein

 
I have made interviews with several great Swedish and American graphic designers specialized in book covers. I have asked them rather similar questions, but the answers have varied considerably. This suggests, I think, that designing book covers is a craft. You can learn how to create great and captivating covers, but above all you have to make covers, over and over again. The final covers that we get to see, are only a fraction of those that are made.

I had the privilege to ask graphic designer Emily Mahon a few questions. She has worked for some of the most well known American publishers, and she has made covers for books of literary fiction as well as for books of non-fiction, contemporary as well as classics. She has made several stunning covers; one of my favorites is the cover she has made for Heidi Julavits The Vanishers. Further below you can see both the final cover, lush and irresistible, as well as two killed covers.

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Doubleday. Photo: Mike Lambert

 
Could you please tell us a little about your background and how and why you became a designer of book covers?

I studied Graphic Design at Penn State University. I needed to apply for the program which only accepted 22 students a year; it’s a very small program in a school of over 35 thousand students. After graduating, I focused on landing a job at a book publishing house in New York. To me, designing book covers is the most creative job I could have. Every book tells a different story, and reading has become a crucial part of my life. And I love that each cover is like a poster—there are no guidelines in terms of imagery or type that I use—it’s all based on what feels right for the audience.

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Doubleday. Tactile Typography: Dominique Falla

 
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Vintage. AD: John Gall, Photo: Holly Lindem

 
What purposes are book covers supposed to fill?

Designing covers is not about making art. We need to sell books at the end of the day. Covers should market a specific audience for every book and they should give enough of a visual impact needed to inspire someone to pick up the book and read it!

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Random House, Photo: Bob Croslin

 

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Penguin. AD: Paul Buckley, Photo: Rich Evenhouse

 
How would you describe your style(es)?

I try never to have a style. I always try new approaches to how I look at a problem and to how I design. The content should dictate the style. It’s hard to stay fresh and current all the time but I think it’s important not to try and emulate trends, and stay true to the content.

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Doubleday. Photo: Andrew Purcell

 
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Do you have a philosophy, rules of thumb or rituals that you follow during the creative process? Please tell us a little bit about the creative process.

As I’m reading a book, I usually jot down visuals or notes from the text that could help in defining the direction the cover will take. I usually make lists and sketch ideas before every turning to the computer to guide me. Sometimes I find it helpful to go to museums or look through magazines or books as I brainstorm, and I try to find inspiration in looking at other current book covers. There is so much great work out there, and seeing recent book covers inspires me to keep pushing my work and make myself a better designer.

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Flatiron Books. Killed

 
Can you please tell us a little bit about the cover you made for The Guineveres and explain how it came about and how you intended it to work?

Well, as of this moment, the cover has been killed! This happens all the time, albeit a bit disappointing. I loved this novel and tried several different iterations before coming to this solution. The book takes place in the 1950s in a convent where four girls named Guinevere have been abandoned to be raised by nuns. I wanted to set this cover apart from what’s out there and felt that because the catholic theme was so strong, showing the cross in an abstract kind of way made for an interesting visual.

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Killed version

 

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Killed version

 
I’m also very fond of the cover you made for Heidi Julavits The Vanishers. Do you have any shelved versions of it, that we might take a look at?

This cover started in a very different place from the final version. Initially I took an interest in photographing the Barcelona chair, and projecting the title on it to create a dimensional feel.

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Doubleday. Final version

 
After many iterations of this cover the author decided she wanted to focus on more of a feeling rather than a depiction of the story. I decided it would be fun and energetic to work on a layered floral collage, that better represented the multi-layered emotional impact of the novel. It was really fun to create this cover. I originally preferred the type knocking out in white from the art, but the publisher felt that using a color would have more impact so that’s how the final cover was printed.

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AD: Emily Mahon. Design: Ben Wiseman

 
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 Nan A Talese/Doubleday, Photo of cut paper lettering: Geoff Spear

 
What are your favorite graphic designers, specialized in book covers, and why?

Gabriele Wilson, Keith Hayes, Kelly Blair, Peter Mendelsund, Oliver Munday… the list goes on! They are all extraordinarily creative and ambitious with their approaches and I’m very lucky to work around such talent in my office in the Knopf Doubleday Art Department every day.

If you have cravings for more beautiful covers, visit Emily Mahon’s homepage. Don’t miss the designs she has made for The Modern Library Classics.

Ola Wihlke

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