Jon Gray

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Love songs for Piano

Issue 90, Summer 2015


In her photographs and brief text for Office Romance (Aperture, $29.95…

You can judge by the cover

Issue 70, Winter 2008


Designer Andrew Howard’s catalogue of his exhibition Gateways: An…

Out of hand

Issue 80, Summer 2011


Handwriting is a touchstone in the history of graphic design, where lettering meets the messy…

Penguin in pictures

Issue 73, Autumn 2009


The Penguin Collectors’ Society is an owners club for people who worship at…

Recent blog posts by Jon Gray

Lincoln in the limelight

20 December 2017

Robert Hanks takes a final look at the cover designs for The Man Booker 2017 shortlist and the winner – George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo
Book design can be an unlovely process – a set of negotiations to find something that satisfies the requirements of design, editorial and sales, with the last inevitably taking precedence. Along the way, art can get sidelined and the results can be garish or banal, writes Robert Hanks.

The look of literature

31 August 2017

The Man Booker longlist provides a snapshot of graphic design for literary fiction. By Robert Hanks
The variety of the novels on this year’s Man Booker longlist is reflected in the cover designs: it is hard to pin down any themes, writes Robert Hanks.