A few weeks back I remarked on Twitter that I wished designers would write/speak about their work more often. Yesterday, I got a tweet from a guy named Darren Booth, a Canadian illustrator who’s work I’ve seen around before, who sent me a link to a book he recently designed. The book is called An Object of Beauty, written by one of the funniest comedians alive, Steve Martin. Darren had a couple of different directions, which he wrote about:
“As you can see from the sketches, there were basically two directions that I refined. The first one, a clean and bold direction inspired a bit by Ed Ruscha. Anne mentioned Ruscha’s name during our initial conversation and it stuck with me during the sketch phase, maybe because Ruscha also had some significance to Mr. Martin. From the start of the project, I aimed for it to be on a solid white background to ensure it would stand out against other covers. The other direction is more script-like and now that I’m looking at it, I don’t know what I was thinking because it’s not very sophisticated at all. Since imperfections help make things unique and beautiful, I felt it was important that the final lettering contained imperfections, ie: the R and N in Martin. The T in Object is slightly off kilter, etc…”
I really love what he did for this book design, it certainly fits the theme of the book, which has to do with a young art dealer. I think the color palette he chose was really well done as well, with a beautiful blend of reds with touches of greens and blacks and a tiny tinge of blue. And to put it plainly, his hand-painted letters are absolute objects of beauty.
If you’d like more information about Darren’s book design you can click here. I really hope more designers/artists/creative types wrote about their process like this, especially if you’re as proud of your work as Darren is (and should be).