What I'm doing today…

Today I'm dipping blotting paper into ink and coming up with lots of unexpected and sometimes beautiful effects for use in a book that I'm working on. 

Camberwell Arts Festival 2015

Our posters, leaflets and adverts for the Camberwell Arts Festival are out! Pick up a leaflet or a copy of this month's Peckham Peculiar or check out @CamberwellArts or Camberwellarts.org.uk There's absolutely loads of great stuff going on from 20-28 June, don't miss it! Banners and badges coming soon…

Camberwell Arts Festival advertorial
Camberwell Arts Festival advertorial pages
Camberwell Arts Festival brochure cover
Camberwell Arts Festival brochure page 1

10 inspiring book production finishes

It all started with The Nose, a book I found in the ICA bookshop this weekend. Stunningly simple with a nose shape cut out of a hardback, linen covered cover (so far, the book seems to be about a man who has lost a nose).

Now that people are reading books online or on their ipads, Kindles etc., publishers are eager to make their books into beautiful gift items with the aim of making more sales. Great news for designers!

Here are a few really beautiful book cover finishes:

1. The Nose by Nikolai Gogol and designed by John Morgan Studio.


2. Liberty Style with patterned page ends, designed by myself, Caroline Clark Design.

3, 4, 5 & 6. Some beautiful old books. Top: Flaubert with an embossed cover; next, a book about aircraft with a subtle, gold foil blocked plane in one corner; PSmith Journalist with a block colour illustration on linen and lastly, Complete Home Knitting with a very wide weave linen cover and a wonderful image, just slightly debossed.

7, 8, 9 & 10. Top: Every Grain of Rice (designed by myself!). Block colour rice illustration printed onto a linen look cover with a bright pink ribbon marker. Next, the Flavour Thesaurus with striking red page ends; Polpo with its open spine and lastly, Peyton and Byrne with a doily printed and embossed onto a linen look cover.

Liberty Style

Fresh from the printer - very excited about the Liberty pattern on the page edges. It worked!

The greenest printer in town?

Here's the Academy brochure being printed at EMAS certified Park Communications in east London. EMAS means that they have to improve their environmental performance year on year, hence it is the European gold standard of environmental accreditations. Oh yes, and they did a beautiful job too.

Checking colour

How exciting! It's finally here

After so many weeks of work, here is the Academy of St Martin in the Fields fabulous (am I allowed to say that?!) new brochure for 2014-15. The theme this year was 'Joshua Bell and friends' as Joshua has chosen this year's soloists. The original thought from the Academy was to reflect this by producing a scrap book style brochure so that we could use existing photos of the soloists. Our solution was to ask illustrator Sarah Maycock to produce beautiful, bold collages to reflect each concert using photographs of the soloists.