New iPad book covers are often seen as a departure from traditional publishing standards.
But as one designer from the UK explains, the new books can be a great source of inspiration for artists, too.
“It’s really exciting to see new and different ways of doing things and it’s a great way of seeing the work in the context of the past, because you know where it’s been,” says Andrew Hargreaves, who is designing the cover for the upcoming books of the same name by acclaimed British author Hilary Mantel.
“There’s a real joy in that because we’re creating something different to what’s been done before.”
I can think of no other way to do that and to be creative and to bring the world together in this new way.
“For Mantel, the cover design is part of a wider shift in the book industry.
While she’s not yet planning her next book, the artist has been influenced by her experience growing up in rural England, where her family used to own and sell cattle.”
So I think when I started to take the time to design things, I realised that this was something I wanted to be involved in, to be a part of the creative process, so that I could be able to share the knowledge I gained with other people.” “
I grew up in a really rural environment, so it was a really good time to really grow up and make my mark.”
So I think when I started to take the time to design things, I realised that this was something I wanted to be involved in, to be a part of the creative process, so that I could be able to share the knowledge I gained with other people.
“It’s a journey that’s been shared by Mantel’s sister-in-law and fellow artist Anna Hargrey, who also worked with Mantel to create the cover of her latest novel.”
We were very much inspired by the stories that she was writing, because we know how much that inspired her and what she was feeling, so we really had to find ways to combine that and get the book to her,” she explains.”
It was just so beautiful to see a book cover that was so simple and yet so beautiful.
It just took the reader to the next page.
And that was just a beautiful way of capturing the beauty and the history of the place that you were reading about.
“Read more about book covers: Mantel, Hargray, and Hargreys work is set to be published on May 30.