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Here's a new backlist project I was asked to do by the lovely Yeti Lambregts, Senior Designer at Headline.
I'd never heard of Octavia E. Butler, but quickly realised why her most successful book, Kindred, is on the
reading list of all American schools. It's an intensely vivid account of a woman living in the 1970s who
involuntarily time travels to 19th century Maryland. The catch is, she's African American and she finds
herself at the height of slavery in the US. I haven't seen 12 Years A Slave yet, but I would imagine this is
just as vivid. Read it, you'll be gob-smacked.

The covers got really interesting when I had to stretch a styling for this lead book, over fantasy and
science fiction works by Octavia, all working with the same themes of human power and rooted in slavery.
They got evermore strange and wonderful, aliens and other planets, the works. I stuck with something
simple, graphic, that would straddle adult and YA, mainstream fiction and sci-fi. Judging by the response
on Twitter, it's going down really well. I really hope the books are a success...





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In Christmas 2013, Flight Press was born. It's the rebellious little brother of Spread the Word,
the London writer development agency, publishing some of the finest short stories by London
writers and encouraging new talent overlooked by the big houses. I did the logo, some publicity
and the cover for their first eBook, Edgeways. More on this in 2014...

And they interviewed me too, read it HERE . . .




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Here is a new book published by Unbound, cover by Mecob, Illustration by John Broadley.
I'll upload some photos soon, I assisted TappinGofton on the interior Art Direction. Gorgeous job . . .



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Sadly but also proudly, I'm happy to share the last Iain Banks cover I'll be designing, the paperback
edition of The Quarry to be released on 27th March . 38 visuals over 6 months, and we ended up
going back to the simple strength of the hardback idea. Thanks to the ever-excellent Duncan Spilling
for his guidance, if ever there's a project you're too close to its one of your favourite authors who
passed away just after you designed a cover for his last book . . .



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Here's the new paperback for Alexander McCall Smith, published 27th Feb 2014 . . .



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I'm really chuffed to be working regularly for Dutch publisher Xander Uitgervers, and on Wilbur Smith
no less! Quite a commercial challenge for me, but I think its come off well. The first book, Cirkel van het
kwaad
(Vicious Circle) has gone into the top 40 in Holland. Check out the Wilbur Smith section on the left
to see more visuals . . .



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In November 2013 Bath Spa University asked me back to run the third Fantasy Publishing Venture project I've done
since 2012. This time, we had more than twice the number of students, three tutors and the project was videod!
(soon to be uploaded to youtube, watch this space). Teams of students from the BA Publishing and Creative writing
courses have to conceptualise, brand and present a new idea for a publishing venture for potential investment, Dragon's
Den
style. This year's winners were a team called Talior Read, who produce bespoke culinary reading experiences as gifts –
you buy a hamper which includes a book, and the food in the hamper compliments and enhances the reader's experience.
Fantastic, and very marketable. Here are a couple of photos of presentation day. Thanks to course leader Katharine Reeve
for asking me back, to Mike Johnston, Senior Lecturer and Gemma and Gavin for the expert technical support . . .



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I'm doing a lot more ebook work for independents and big houses alike, where budget and quick turnaround times are
a must, here's a recent series for Little, Brown . . .



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After a fantastic trip to New York in summer 2013, I'm chuffed to be working for clents regularly
across the pond, most notably Little, Brown US and Simon & Schuster US. Here's one of my
first jobs for S&S . . .



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Some new Sports non-fiction for Harpercollins . . .



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And more for Faber . . .



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Stalwart client from my time in Edinburgh, Birlinn & Polygon, asked me to look at rising star Jake
Wallis Simons, after some success working on some other books of his, a new fiction book called
Jam was sent my way. Set entirely in a lengthy traffic jam on the M25. The book is frankly excellent,
most noticeable for me was Jake's ability to paint a picture of life in London at a single moment,
describing simultaneous events beautifully and with real pace. Have a read when it comes out in
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On 8th July 2013, I was lucky enough to speak at The Bookseller Design Conference 2013. Speakers included
Donna Payne (Faber), Stephanie Seegmuller (Pushkin Press), and Auriol Bishop (Hodder), oh and me..
the morning's speakers were excellent, and a great opportunity to stop and think about what we do and
how we can do it better. Thanks must go to Katie Roden of Fixabook for putting together an awesome
programme. Roll on next year . . .



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Here's a lovely job I was lucky to do for Little, Brown recently . . .



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Congrats to Coralie Bickford-Smith for her work on the BEAUTIFUL Penguin English Library, the series
has been selected 'In Book' for Branding Expression in Print 2013 by the D&AD. I was lucky
enough to illustrate one . . .



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Here's an eBook cover I recently did for US independent author Marcus Sakey, called The Blade Itself.
Interesting to do a cover with no type . . .



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New client Arcadida Books asked me to do their gobsmacking new novel by US author Lois Walden . . .



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HERE’S AN INTERVIEW I DID WITH UNBOUND recently, talking about what I do and some other stuff.
Scroll down to the image of Unbelievable by Jennifer Pickup


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Here's a recent cover I designed and Art Directed for Unbound, illustrated by the uber-talented Tom Gauld . . .



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Last year I illustrated a series of books by Jennifer Gray for Faber Children's called Atticus Claw,
which have now been nominated for the Blue Peter and Sheffield Childrens Book Awards. On the
back of their success, Faber asked me to illustrate their trade stand for the Bologna Childrens
Book Fair 2013
, here are a few snaps. The Faber CEO said it was "..a triumph"...



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On the back of illustrating the Faber Children's trade stand for the Bologna Book Fair 2013, they
kindly asked me to continue the look into the catalogue. It included spot illustrations by age group
. . . I got paid for drawing robots . . .



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The lovely Liane Payne at Simon & Schuster asked me to look at Monty Don's new hardback,
The Road to Le Tholonet. Here's the result . . .



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Even though this new illo for Faber didn't make it to book, I couldn't resist posting it . . .



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A lovely project for Simon & Schuster about the quirky characters who safeguard and champion
the various UK species. Well worth a read, and fantastic to illustrate - particularly like the Batgirl
of Brixton . . .



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I'm doing much more text work at the moment, some of the nicest has been for north London
co-ediiton Publiser Quintet, under the watchful eye of Art Director Michael Charles.
Here's my faviourite recent job for a movie book . . .



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As part of the Atticus Claw series, I do spot illustrations for the insides including smelly pants,
buckets of wee and more grown up things like this map of the Tower of London. Great fun . . .



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Here's the next hardback carrying my painterly look for crime writer Chris Brookmyre . . .



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I'm acting as Cover Consultant for the crowd-sourced publisher Unbound, here is the latest in
hopefully a long line of fantastic covers . . . with extra smeg . . .



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icon Books have kindly asked me to be their catalogue and logo guy for the last three years, here is a taster of the latest
and mecob's first proper foray into photography. The whole catalogue is made up of individual setups personifying the Icon
logo as a spaceman, farmer, psychiatrist - you know, the usual . . . I'll post more on it soon in the Catalogues section.





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Here's the last in the Amy Plum YA trilogy for Atom that began with Die for Me in 2010,
see the Young Adult / Children's section for more . . .



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A new job in the vein of The Etymologicon for top client Icon Books @sciencemagpie



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Some new crime fiction for Quercus . . .



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Back in the spring, I was privileged to judge some amazing work at the D&AD Awards.
I also took part in the Black Pencil judging, among some eminent professionals from around the world.
For the first time in the D&AD's history, it was filmed. I'm trying to sound like I know
what I'm talking about at 2 minutes in . . .



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Back in May 2012, James Jones (Senior Designer at Random House) kindly asked me to contribute to an Exhibition called
Killed Covers at the Hay on Wye Book Festival. The exhibition brought together a selection of covers that got away,
designs that the creatives were proud of which never saw the light of day, along with a rationale on why they never
happened. My work, seen here in the middle for Evan Davis' book Made in Britain published by Random House,
sat alongside the likes of Nathan Burton ad Jon Gray – esteemed company I'm sure you'll agree. You can see the full flag
illustration made up of price tags in the illustration section. Many thanks to James at RH . . .



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In 2012 I was lucky enough to judge the Book Design and Book Front Covers category at the
50th D&AD Awards at Olympia in London. The work was excellent, from student
through the to the Professional Awards.

Standout work included the Don Delillo series illustrated by Noma Barr and designed by
It's Nice That, which won a yellow pencil in the Cover category, all the way through to more
surprising entries such as a book that was in fact a remote controlled car!

I was also asked to stand in for our Jury Foreperson at the Black Pencil judging last Friday,
rubbing shoulders with legends like Bob Gill and Angus Hyland.
They all made me very welcome and I enjoyed it very much.

Please support the D&AD, they do excellent work . . .



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