Steve Panton, In-Depth on The Big Sleep

Steve Panton is a cover designer and illustrator in London. Among his works are the jackets for Christina Kovac's The Cutaway, Eugenia Cheng's Beyond Infinityand Katie Kitamura's A Separation. Here Panton shares with Spine an in-depth review of his creation for Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, a design for which he was awarded 2nd prize for Penguin Design Award Adult Competition 2013.

Steve Panton, In-Depth on The Big Sleep

Mark Robinson, Reviving 1984

When Mariner Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, sought to reissue the popular Orwell classic, 1984, they contacted designer Mark Robinson to come up with a jacket for the hardcover. The final product is quite striking. Here, Robinson details for Spine his process for creating the eye-catching cover.

Mark Robinson, Reviving 1984

Anne Jordan & Mitch Goldstein on Designing for Us&Them

Anne Jordan and husband Mitch Goldstein are designers based in Rochester, New York. Among their collaborative works is the book cover for Us&Them, a novel about an Iranian-American family, exploring ideas of fragmented lives, family tensions, and migration. Here they detail their process for creating this amazing piece. 

Anne Jordan & Mitch Goldstein on Designing for Us&Them

Designing the Cover for The Hate U Give

When HarperCollins cover designer Jenna Stempel was asked to design the cover for Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, she was sure that the book would prove to be successful.  She could not, however, have foreseen just how successful. 

Designing the Cover for The Hate U Give

Let's Talk Hand Lettering

Hand lettering on book covers is a trend that has become increasingly popular in the past few years. Rather than rely on existing typefaces, many designers are opting to draw their own type. Book cover designer and Booktuber Holly Dunn joins us to review a few examples of hand lettering, and share her insight on the process. 

Let's Talk Hand Lettering

Melissa Four and The Age of Spectacle

Melissa Four is a very talented book cover designer whose creations include jackets for Fates and Furies, A Gentleman in Moscow, and How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids. She also developed the cover for Tom Dyckhoff's The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City, a project for which she had to teach herself how to draw in CAD

Melissa Four and The Age of Spectacle

Cover Reveal: Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Though Last Christmas in Paris won't hit bookstores until October, critics are already praising the book, a romantic, epistolary novel that takes place during World War I. "Unputdownable," wrote bestselling author Karen White. "Last Christmas in Paris stands out not just for the beautiful prose, but also for the characters that literally shimmer on the page. Kudos to Ms. Gaynor and Ms. Webb for … this remarkable novel that will undoubtedly go on my keeper shelf."

Cover Reveal: Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

The Writer's Practice: Mira Jacob

"One too many people asked me if 'Sleepwalker's' was going to have a sequel, and that kind of question makes me claustrophobic in my soul." In part to push her creative self forward to the next narrative while avoiding this constant question, to skirt the Second Book trap/trope, Jacob moved into a different medium: the graphic memoir. 

The Writer's Practice: Mira Jacob

Rachel Vale, Designing for The Good People

It was an absolute joy working on The Good People by Hannah Kent. From the very opening pages I was overwhelmed by the rural landscape and how intrinsically it echoed the beauty and fragility of the lives it surrounded – the love, grief and terrible loss. The atmosphere it created for me was almost a physical one that stayed with me long after I finished reading.

Rachel Vale, Designing for The Good People

Discussion with Author Ann Mah

A peek at writer Ann Mah’s Instagram feed reveals crusty bread, sunny Parisian kitchens, and candids of her 3-year-old daughter in New York City. As a travel journalist and novelist, Mah firmly embraces the belief that a writer is ideally a wanderer: perhaps there’s a home base, but the inspiration of new experiences and surroundings is a necessity. 

Discussion with Author Ann Mah

The life of a Cover Designer, Uncovered: Emily Mahon

Working as a cover designer affords all sorts of benefits: free books, a variety of projects and of course the ability to walk into a bookshop on the other side of the country and see your design work on display. But as with everything in life, working as a cover designer comes with its own set of challenges. Spine spoke with talented designer Emily Mahon to get her perspective.

The life of a Cover Designer, Uncovered: Emily Mahon

The Writer's Practice: Erika Swyler

Sit down for four hours every day. Drink coffee.

Erika Swyler's writing practice is summed up in two basic phrases, practical sentences nothing like the lovely prose she spun in her first novel The Book of Speculation and numerous short stories. Her debut bestseller follows two threads stitching together the story of 21st-century Long Island librarian Simon Watson with that of an 18th-century carnival troupe.

The Writer's Practice: Erika Swyler

Jenna Stempel, Creating the Little House Trilogy Box Set

Jenna Stempel is a Senior Designer at HarperCollins Children's Books in NYC with work notably featured in the New York Times and the 2015 New York Book Show. Here she talks with Spine once more about her elaborate design process in creating the anniversary book covers for the Little House on The Prairie Trilogy box set - presumably no easy task!

Jenna Stempel, Creating the Little House Trilogy Box Set

Sian Wilson, the Process for Designing This Love

Sian Wilson is a Senior Designer at Simon & Schuster UK. Among her works is the cover design for Dani Atkin's This Love. Wilson answered questions for Spine about her process in developing the piece. 

Sian Wilson, the Process for Designing This Love

YA Author Fleur Ferris Writes from Life 

Australian YA novelist Fleur Ferris has a vaster store of life events than most. Previous and current personal and professional titles include police officer, paramedic, mother, daughter, sibling, friend, student, teacher, speaker, rice farmer, traveller, holiday maker, city-dweller and country-dweller. Her role as concerned parent pushed her to an exploration that led to her first novel, Risk, about two 15-year-old girls seeking romance online. She spoke to Spine about the journey.

YA Author Fleur Ferris Writes from Life