— Book Covers Of The Year (2013)

A big thank you to The Casual Optimist for the opportunity to feature some of the best book cover designs of 2013; for novels I hasten to add.


(They created a list of 50 and I’ve been able to like and now feature 21 of them).


The first, in alphabetical order is 1984 by George Orwell; design by David Pearson (Penguin Classics)


Although David Pearson’s brilliant design for 1984 crept on to a few lists last year, it was actually published in January. Even then it was clear it would be a contender for cover of the year.

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— Z-Chair by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid unveils her polished stainless steel ‘Z-Chair’ at Milan Design Week – an amazing calligraphic 3 dimensional zigzag – it is a limited edition of only 24 pieces being produced in collaboration with Italian furniture company Sawaya & Moroni.

Z Chair zaha hadid

— The Martian

Having just seen Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ at the cinema, I’m happy to tell you that it’s a truly fabulous book… …but only a good film.


It’s enjoyable enough, but disappointing if you’ve read the book. They chose, understandably I admit, to film the book’s least interesting part of the story and reduce to superficial background those parts of the book that were most fascinating.


Anyway, there’s a few rather cool movie posters out there alongside the mainstream options produced for the multiplexes.

— Hand of Akhenaten

Hand of Akhenaten making an offering to Aten.


Sandstone  Ancient Egypt from Ashmunein Dynasty 18


Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hand of, Akhenaten, Aten, Sandstone, sculpture, carving, Ancient Egypt, Ashmunein Dynasty 18, Metropolitan Museum of Art

— Irving Harper for Herman Miller

During his near two-decade reign as design director at the Nelson Office, Irving Harper put his mark on Herman Miller, not only by creating the company’s now famous logo, but also by embodying an ethos of total design.


Here are just a few examples of his work from a fabulous resource across at the Herman Miller website. (I am sure that we shall post more soon).

— Girl Of My Dreams

Such a pretty cover featuring photography of Hannah Holman for the latest edition of Lula magazine.

Hannah Holman, model, fashion, photography, magazine cover, pretty, Lula, Autumn/Winter 2012-13