August 20th, 2014

Take a moment to fall in love with Henry Sene Yee's cover design for the new Picador Modern Classics Charming Billy edition, on sale this October.

May 22nd, 2014

We are incredibly pleased to announce that the 2014 New York Book Show has selected some of our covers as award winning entries. Bravo, all!

When Women Were Birds
 by Terry Tempest Williams / Picador
-Cover design by LeeAnn Falciani / Production by Lisa Viviani Goris

The School of Life (series) / Picador
How to Think More About SexHow to Stay SaneHow to Find Fulfilling Work, and How to Change the World
-Cover design by LeeAnn Falciani, Cover Photograph © C_Brignell/ / Production by Lisa Viviani Goris and Adriana Coada

The Twenty-Seventh City by Jonathan Franzen / Picador Modern Classics
-Cover design by Henry Sene Yee, Cover photo-illustration by Marc Yankus / Production by Lisa Viviani Goris

August 6th, 2013


A look at this week’s cover, “Reading Time” by Anthony Russo:

What every summer day should look like.

Reblogged from The New Yorker
February 11th, 2013

Everyday objects take on sinister meaning in this subtle horror story. My first approved design was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s “VERTIGO” with the objects arranged in a downward spiraling rabbit hole. But sales suggested we try to create a cover that appealed to the horror audience. I hired the talented Big Book/Thriller jacket designer Ervin Serrano, to help give this package a new look in that direction.

Here’s Ervin Serrano on his cover design:

"I’m a big fan of Japanese Horror. When Henry approached me to design the cover for Yoko Ogawa’s "Revenge," I was ecstatic!

The book is composed of eerie, interwoven tales. At first, I thought it would be cool to convey those certain stories as graphic elements that would be incorporated together with the type and some textures (see second image from the top). Ultimately though, the cover was a bit too busy or playful. So I wanted to do something more simple and typographic but still captured that eerie feeling of the stories (see third image from the top). Although it’s much closer to what I had in mind, it now looks too much horror. It was probably the red background, so I played around with it some more and tried to mute it down. I finally came up with a solution which I thought worked pretty well (see fourth image from the top).”

With book trailers becoming more prevalent, Ervin and I talked about delving into the world of motion graphics. We thought REVENGE would make a great first project to learn on because of its dynamic type-driven cover design. We knew we wanted to animate the slashes on the book’s title type, but we also needed elements to lead us to that moment. We salvaged some of the line art from one of the cover outtakes, and sync’ed it to a minimal heartbeat soundtrack. Working with no budget or experience, we focused on creating a kinetic visual tone poem and came up with our first book trailer:

Henry Sene Yee, Creative Director

September 12th, 2012
Reblogged from Minotaur Art
May 2nd, 2012

Cover Design: Behind the Scenes

Smut: Stories by Alan Bennett

For more details, head to my design blog to see sketches by illustrator Christopher Silas Neal and an earlier photographic approach.

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