December 2, 2011

SLIDE SHOW … Making the cover: The Last Interview


Starting a new series design is always a fun challenge—each book in the series needs to stand on its own, but the set should add up to more than the sum of its parts. An engaging design can help a series get displays in bookstores, and hopefully even inspire readers to collect them all. For our Last Interview series, I decided to illustrate the authors (Roberto Bolaño, Jacques Derrida, and Kurt Vonnegut) in a clean style that fits in with the modern look of our other series. In this slideshow, I’ll take you through the process of designing and illustrating the covers, from the first rough sketches to the final printed book.


Christopher King is the Art Director of Melville House.