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Noma Bar illustrates covers of new dystopia series for Vintage Books

We can’t be sure but there may be something in the air to prompt Vintage’s republication of three classics of dystopian fiction – Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World – each complete with a cover illustration by Noma Bar. While Atwood’s novel was repackaged by Vintage […]

Identity for Mark Spencer, Forensic Botanist

Mark Spencer has something of an usual job – he’s a Forensic Botanist who works with police and forensic departments on cases where an extensive knowledge of plants is key to the investigation. Spencer is apparently just one of two such practitioners working in the UK. Fieldwork Facility were asked to design an identity for […]

Penguin Women Writers covers by Martha Rich

Publishing next month, the Penguin Women Writers series will feature a set of four reissued titles, with colourful covers designed by US artist and illustrator, Martha Rich. The first books in the series are Birds of America by Mary McCarthy, Lifting the Veil by Ismat Chughtai, The Lark by E Nesbit and Meatless Days by […]

What’s happening at British Vogue?

The latest issue shares a cover image with a rival magazine and comes off a clunkier second in terms of execution. Does this odd newsstand collaboration point to a wavering of artistic and editorial direction at the fashion staple?

St Bride Library relaunches Friends membership scheme

For over 120 years St Bride Library in London has been an invaluable resource of printing and typographic history. It is the largest print and publishing library in the world and contains 10,000 type specimens and over 80,000 books. Yet in recent times it has increasingly relied on support from the wider creative community in […]

An A-Z checklist for 2018

From reading more books to unsubscribing, CR columnist Daniel Benneworth-Gray presents a checklist to prepare you for the year ahead – as part of our New Year New You series of articles on how to kickstart your work life and creativity in 2018