Friday, December 28, 2007

2008 New York Book Show Winner

I am pleased to announce that the Picador Art Department has swept the 2008 New York Book Show in the category of General Trade / Quality Paperback for Individual Book Cover Design.

Tom Zoellner's THE HEARTLESS STONE // Picador

Galt Niederhoffer's A TAXONOMY OF BARNACLES // SMP / Picador,
(illustrated by Pierre Mornet / Marlena Agency & Pete Garceau)

and Michael Cunningham's FLESH AND BLOOD // Picador.

Also Michael Lewis' THE BLIND SIDE, a freelance job I designed for Ingsu Liu / Art Director // W.W. Norton

We also won in the General Trade / Quality Paperback for Book Cover
Design / SERIES.

THE PARIS REVIEW INTERVIEWS, Volumes 1 & 2 // Picador / The Paris Review,

and the Laurie R. King crime series:
(Major props to Adam Auerbach who illustrated this entire series).

Congratulations go to Lisa G. & Adriana C. in Production and our Printers, Phoenix Color & Lehigh Lithographers for their outstanding efforts, and my Publisher Frances C. and the incredible Picador Editorial staff for their trust.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Hidden Man

by Anthony Flacco

Art Director: Beck Stvan // Mortalis / Random House

A historical thriller featuring a detective and a hypnotist/illusionist set against the backdrop of 1915 San Francisco during The Panama Pacific International Exposition.

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Diving Pool

three novellas by Yoko Ogawa / translated by Stephen Snyder // Picador

A haunting trio of novellas about love, fertility, obsession, and how even the most innocent gestures may contain a hairline crack of cruel intent. Spare, beautiful, and twisted, The Diving Pool is a disquieting and at times darkly humorous collection about normal people who suddenly discover their own dark possibilities.
  • A young woman records the daily moods of her pregnant sister in a diary, taking meticulous note of a pregnancy that may or may not be a hallucination—but whose hallucination is it, hers or her sister's?
  • A woman nostalgically visits her old college dormitory on the outskirts of Tokyo, a boarding house run by a mysterious triple amputee with one leg.
  • The title story is about a lonely teenage girl who falls in love with her foster brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool, wishing that she was the water—a peculiar infatuation that sends unexpected ripples through her life.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Johnny One-Eye

by Jerome Charyn

Art Director: Chin-Yee Lai // W. W. Norton & Co.

Brief Descriptions:
Double agent John Stocking is seventeen when the novel opens in 1775. The son of a legendary, pipe-smoking whorehouse madam (a real historical figure) whose "nuns" cater to both rebel American and British military men, Stocking is a scholarship student at King's College. Working as a scribe composing love letters for high-ranking soldier, he has been caught breaking into George Washington's camp, and is accused of poisoning Washington himself. Historical characters including Washington, Hamilton, both General Howes, and a parade harlot dart in and out of the story, which features the burning of Manhattan by the British.

Direction: Strong, bold, edgy, fun and sexy.

The publishing house thought this was a wonderful cover for the title but unfortunately it was killed by a major bookseller buyer. Oh well.

I based my silhouette on the portrait of George Washington at the Battle of Princeton, 1781, by Charles Willson Peale.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Beekeeper's Apprentice

by Laurie R. King // Picador

• The New York Book Show 2008 Award winner // Paperback Series

Cover illustration by Adam Auerbach.

A Monstrous Regiment of Women

by Laurie R. King // Picador

• The New York Book Show 2008 Award winner // Paperback Series

Cover illustration by Adam Auerbach.

A Letter of Mary

by Laurie R. King // Picador

• The New York Book Show 2008 Award winner // Paperback Series

Cover illustration by Adam Auerbach.

The Moor

by Laurie R. King // Picador

• The New York Book Show 2008 Award winner // Paperback Series

Cover illustration by Adam Auerbach.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Kindness of Women

by J. G. Ballard // Picador

The latest addition in the J.G. Ballard redesigned series for Picador. A semi-autobiographical sequel to Empire of the Sun.

I finally heard from Ballard's agent that he liked this cover. He actually said he liked it. Nice. This is high praise since he wasn't fond of any of my other redesigns for him. Or for that matter, any of his covers ever published anywhere.
And thanks to The Book Design Review Blog for the kindness of their words in highlighting this cover and the Picador list.

J. G Ballard dies age 78 // April 18, 2009.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Labors of the Heart: stories

by Claire Davis // Picador

Cover photograph by Henry Sene Yee

These stories take place in the Big Sky Country of Montana.
This photograph is one I took over the big sky of Coney Island:

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Paris Review Interviews: vol. 2 // final

introduction by Orhan Pamuk / edited by Philip Gourevitch // The Paris Review / Picador

• A PRINT's Regional Design Annual Selection

• The New York Book Show 2008 Award winner // Paperback Series

Author and The Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch loved the yellow used on volume one and wanted us to continue the bright palette for this four volume series. I didn't want to go to red just yet and he suggested a "pool chalk" blue. This second volume will print with a fluorescent blue / PMS 801 background.

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Exotics Trade // Wall and Mean

Some comps that didn't go anywhere...

...except for the very last one at the bottom right. I forgot that that was the published jacket. Thanks for the correction Francine.

by Thomas "Tom" Bernard

Art Director: Francine Kass // W. W. Norton & Co.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Watching the World Change

by David Friend // Picador

Cover photograph by Patrick Witty

• A Most Coveted Covers Selection, No. 152

This cover was just selected by as their Most Coveted Covers. Nice. Thank to Keith H. for bringing this to my attention and thank you Karen Templer for choosing Picador.

The attack on the World Trade Center was the most watched event in human history. And footage from that day came not only from TV news sources, but also from workers, tourist, and passersby, each of whose lives would change dramatically when confronted with the sights of the attacks. The author uncovers the stories behind those incredible images. The towers crumbling, people falling, fragments of the remaining structure, people frantically running from engulfing debris, firefighters raising the American flag over ground zero, and many more.
Finding the one representational image out of all of these was difficult and emotionally hard. But what they all have in common was that we all watched these images with shock and horror. I thought the cover image was the best choice for the book. Us.

Author David Friend posted his admiration of my cover design on his blog.
"For those who have resisted purchasing the hardcover because of the pricetag, now is your opportunity to obtain a light, portable copy, with a sleek new cover, designed by Henry Sene Yee, which has a bold, noir, mid-50s feel, reminiscent of film posters by Saul Bass. The graphic echo of the twin towers is evident on the spine, the title page, and even in the juxtaposition of the title and subtitle on the cover."
Saul Bass? Wow. Thanks David

Authors@Google presents David Friend // September 5, 2007

Friday, July 27, 2007

Whose Freedom?

by George Lakoff // Picador

Authors@Google presents George Lakoff // July 12, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Return to the Middle Kingdom

by Yuan-Tsun Chen

Art Director: Jonathan Sainsbury // Avalon Publishers

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

by Dinaw Mengetsu
Art Director: Charles Bjorklund // Riverhead Books // Penguin

Alternate design:

Friday, June 15, 2007

The Blind Side

by Michael Lewis

Art Director: Ingsu Liu // W. W. Norton & Co.

• The New York Book Show 2008 Award winner

Rejected ideas:

Here's a New York Times Magazine article about the left tackle phenom Michael Oher.

Authors@Google Presents Michael Lewis // September 11, 2007

Monday, June 11, 2007

The World Is Flat 3.0: final

by Thomas L. Friedman // Picador

Cover illustration by Christoph Niemann

Not an easy project. With over 8 million copies sold of the very familiar hardcover, originally designed by Dean Nicastro, the author wanted a complete redesign for the paperback. His thoughts was that every business man already owned this book. He wanted to reach out to the NASCAR dads and soccer moms whose lives are also being effected by a flattening world through their jobs being outsourced. We tried different approaches, but this was the one that he approved with one word, "Bingo."

Detail of art:

The World Is Flat Final? Not so much.

Single line drawings by Phil Pascuzzo:

The Book Is Flat: a wraparound design that makes sense when the book is opened. The act of reading the book becomes the manifestation of the text.