Book covers have only a second to grab a reader’s attention, to make them consider picking the book up — but book design encompasses far more than the cover. This fascinating discussion by two of the industry’s top book designers includes lots of visuals, and a fascinating, eye-opening discussion of the elements, trends and issues that influence their craft.
Over his thirty-year career, award-winning book designer CS Richardson has designed some 2000 books. Vice President and Creative Director for Penguin Random House of Canada, Richardson is also an acclaimed novelist. The End of the Alphabet was an international bestseller in many languages, and The Emperor of Paris was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
David Gee started designing book covers by accident in 2006, while holding down jobs in advertising and as the Creative Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. He now has a roster of international clients, and his work has been featured in a number of books on book design, as well as WIRED magazine, GQ Italia, Quill & Quire and Playboy. His only Alcuin award is for a book about hockey, and he is currently not writing his first novel.
- David Gee
- CS Richardson
Venue: Studio Theatre