Behind the book cover: An Object of Beauty

Designer Darren Booth shares on his blog some photos and his thought process that led to the (lovely) book cover for Steve Martin’s “An Object of Beauty.” In a world where designers all seem to work in their computer, it’s great to see someone working “old school” in their craft.

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…

[Hat tip: Mariya!]