Book Art Archive

Book Covers – Choosing Colours

We are delighted to reveal the cover for FOULSHAM, the second book in the incomparable IREMONGER TRILOGY by Edward Carey. (You don’t have to take our word for how good the series is. Just look at the quotes we get to put on the front cover!) But how does the Design Department choose a book’s colour […]

Book Bench Adventure

I love books and I love London. So when London suddenly gets a city-wide installation of 50 book-themed benches, my little heart goes into overdrive. (Even more overdrive than usual!)   Having lived in a lot of places, London has become more and more my home. I moved here exactly 10 years and one week […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Re-Jackets

For today’s Top Ten Tuesday we’re having a look at interesting, not so good, great, dramatic and subtle hardback to paperback re-jackets. Re-jacketings? Either way: Sara: The cover change that most surprised me: A Boy and a Bear In a Boat. Whoa. Whoa indeed. Dave Shelton has a nice bold style, and his illustrations are […]

Designing Sequels

Often times we as designers know well ahead of staring a cover whether there will be sequels or not. If the author has more than one story for a their characters they will most likely have ran that by their editor in advance. For us that means having in mind how the design can be […]

Top Ten Tuesday – Typography

One of the best things about working in the Hot Key office is conversations that lead to awesome discoveries, usually about books. I can’t remember what we were talking about when Sanne showed me the most fun data+public domain+fonts book imaginable. Behold, the bizarre perfectness of FRANKENFONT, the story of Frankenstein displayed using an amalgamation […]

Book Art: Newspaper Nails

Want to show off your love for books in a creative way? Let’s try some bookish nail art!I’ve seen these newspaper nails around the Internet plenty of times, but I’d never tried it myself. So let’s go through it step by step and see what we end up with. This is what you’ll need: – […]

Book Art: Miniature Library

Hello, my name is Sara O’Connor and I am a total geek. I have a book obssession, hence my work in books. I also love all things in miniature, hence acquiring books like SHRUNK! by Fleur Hitchcock and making miniature editions of it. I am also a Buffy obsessive. With a lot of spare time […]

What’s on YOUR shelves?

Yesterday Kate gave you a tour of her beautiful bookshelves and you responded with lots and lots of pictures! Curious about what the shelves of our Twitter followers look like? Here are some gorgeous examples.   I know how you feel Avani, because all my books (and bookshelves) are currently in storage and this is […]


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