Books Are My Bag Bookshop day!
I got to design a limited edition tote bag to celebrate the campaign for 2016. Support your local high street bookshop. This is a campaign I am more than happy get designing for. If I see one roaming around in the wild I might come up and say hello. I love my iconic orange BAMB tote, its become a bit of design classic for book lovers. Check out the other bags that are available this year too.
I was delighted to be asked to work on some packaging design with Design Bridge for Fortnum & Mason. There are still many more designs to filter through to the store but you can click here to see what is already out.
So much has happened since The Fox and The Star Published in 2015. Below is some of the news and reviews. I have been all over, from Toronto to New york, from Reading to Oswestry, and many places in between to talk about the book. I have lots of stories and have met many incredible people that have loved Fox. As well as Waterstones creating some of the most lovely window displays I ever saw, we made one for our local Bookshop Rye Books, it even grew leaves in spring. So here's a few snippits:
To be published in German, Italian, Korean, Turkish, Chinese Complex and Chinese Simplified.
Awards and Commedations:
Waterstones Book of the Year 2015
The Academy Of British Book Design, winner, childrens, 2016
D&AD 2016, Graphite Pencil
3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, Best In Show Picture Book Awards, 2016
3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, Gold in Professional Awards, 2016
The World Illustration Awards 2016, shortlisted
V&A Illustration Awards 2016, shortlisted
Oscar's Book Prize 2016, shortlisted
Selected in Time Out’s 100 best children’s books
“Brilliant . . . a delight." - Philip Pullman
"It's great ... Individual, elegantly and impeccably designed, and with a touching story;
and it's technically and graphically intriguing." - David Gentleman
“A beautiful piece of design coupled with thoughtful prose…[a] masterpiece.” - Newsweek
"Intricate, exquisite... An outstanding gift for five-plus readers" - Amanda Craig, ‘Picture Book of the Year' New Statesman
"[A] brief, beautiful book about overcoming grief . . . If ever there was a reason to down the Kindle and go back to paper, this is it . . . An object of sheer gorgeousness . . . Every page is visually stunning, bringing her fable to life . . . It would, I think, act as a wonderful salve to anyone of any age who has experienced love and loss” - Alex O’Connell The Times
"The Fox and the Star is not a Christmas book, but it does have a Christmas feel and, with its decorative clothbound cover, makes a perfect gift. The design and drawing are so beautifully considered that I would like to frame each page”
- Lauren Child, Guardian ‘Books of the Year’
“Colourful, substantial and something to keep forever" - Stylist
"[The Fox and the Star] has the mood of a classic fable" - Telegraph
"[This] beautifully illustrated picture book contains a moving message about love, loss and learning to accept change"
- Marie Claire
“The most physically beautiful book I had the pleasure of holding in my hands in 2015…Really, The Fox and the Star is an art book, a chance for the abundantly talented Bickford-Smith—best-known for designing the crave-worthy Penguin hardcover classics—to create an entire book from scratch. The simple story of a young fox who loses his best friend only to discover a whole new world makes a sweet premise, but the main attraction is Bickford-Smith’s masterful exercise of the book designer’s craft.” - Salon.com
“What keeps the pages turning is the remarkable illustrations, which shift from spread to spread…
It’s a spectacular show of friendship’s power to change and fill lives.” - Boston Globe
“A delightful surprise for fairy tale lovers of all ages.” - Parade
“Book designer Coralie Bickford-Smith has created a volume that's as close to a work of art as anything mass-produced can be…It's a quiet allegory made perfect by exquisite, pattern-based illustrations printed on heavy paper. While older children will be mesmerized, ‘The Fox and the Star’ is for readers of any age who appreciate sophisticated visuals. Grade: A+” - Cleveland Plain Dealer
“One of the most beautiful kids books in recent memory.” - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“An unusual, pleasantly old-fashioned… gorgeous production value and moving illustrations.” - Booklist
PRINT AVAILABLE from London Print Studios - click here
The Fox and The Star has been included in an exhibition at the London Print Studios. Fox is very happy to be hanging out in North London for a while, sharing his ideas about friendship with some other great characters from books. Below is some more information about the show from the press release. I send a big thank you to them for including Fox! He is all packed and ready to go.
Exhibition runs from the 29th January - 24th March 2016
Tuesday - Saturday 10.30am - 5.30pm
This exhibition for children creates a magical space for children exploring the theme of friends. Working with prize winning contemporary children's book illustrators, this is an interactive show with illustrations and cut outs including work by 2015 Waterstones prize winning author / illustrator Coralie Bickford-Smith. The exhibition is filled with enchanting images and characters. Curated and designed by John Phillips and Nadia Yahiaoui at londonprintstudio, the show is inspired by beautiful book illustrations from a selection of acclaimed artists. The exhibition is suitable for all children up to the age of 11, and for anyone interested in contemporary illustration.
The show features work by the following illustrators: Beatrice Alemagna, Lesley Barnes, David Barrow, Coralie Bickford-Smith, Rob Biddulph, Serge Bloch, Max Dalton and Peter Ackerman, Jo Empson, Nicholas John Frith, Chris Haughton and Emily Rand.
Its Launch day the Fox is out. I have the flu so I am celebrating in my mind. But I did manage to see a copy of The Fox and The Star in the Waterstones near Trafalgar Square before heading back to bed. I also got an amazing gift of Foxes from super talent David Mackintosh, who's book, What's Up MuMu? also shares the 27th launch date. Check it out here. David rocks! I am going to make a pencil case and a glasses case out of my new Fox material.
P.S. Fox remembered the orange thread.
Fox forgot to ask for orange thread to sew the proof book together but he is back in Italy with one final chance to ask for the dream thread. The actual books are being printed as I type so Fox is there making sure his orange coat is consistent and that the ink behaves itself and goes down in the correct order. Meanwhile here is a sneak peak of a few spreads from the book. GO FOX!
The Fox and The Star is a fable about need and loss, here is a short summary: Once there was a Fox who lived in a deep, dense forest. For as long as Fox could remember, his only friend had been Star, who lit the forest paths every night. But then one night Star wasn't there, and Fox had to face the forest all alone.
It is a picture book for young and old, beautifully printed and bound in cloth, a celebration of the physical book. Published on 27th August by Particular Books, an imprint of Penguin Books. The story is inspired by my life experiences, and as you would expect the design inside and out harks back to the world of Victorian book design.
I am excited to be invited to speak at Design Thinkers. It is a big honour to be asked, I can't wait to meet lots of inspiring graphic designers. I have been asked to talk on my birthday so I get to celebrate in Canada which will make a great change from celebrating in London. Join me in Toronto this November at Canada's largest graphicdesign event - Conference! http://bit.ly/1ypoHcK
So for the last six months I have been living in a forest with a Fox. Here is preview of what I have been doing. And this time it's not just the cover but the words, the pictures and everything else. It is due to be published on the 27th August 2015 by Penguin Books. Fox is currently in Italy having a lovely time being wet proofed for the London Book Fair. I just hope he remembers to tell them that I want orange thread to sew the pages together.
I am back at Penguin doing the day job and it's rather nice.
This special limited edition, 2 colour screen print has been hand printed onto 270 gsm, acid free, bread & butter paper. 100% of sales from this edition will go towards printing and giving out advice posters to first year students across the UK this Autumn. Available from Advice to Sink in Slowly.
It is a big moment, I am pretty sure this proof is Clothbound number 50. It will be the last clothbound for 2014. I have been released from Penguin Press for the next six months doing things non cover design. Exciting to hit the big 50 before I go.
Work in progress lots to get right before being released. These little Pocket Classics are due to be published later this year, around November.
Big news for collectors. The Madame Bovary cloth classic that was part of the first series is reprinting and is due in the shops in August this year.
‘That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you on to a third book. It’s geometrically progressive.'
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
A while ago I drew some animals for my friends at Just trade to make into brooches, earrings and necklaces. Just Trade are incredible, they make a real difference to people in the developing world. Click here to have a look at what they
get up to.
'We work collaboratively on the design of our products with the artisans who make them. By teaching the fundamentals of design, we give the artisans that we work with the tools to take an active part in the product development process, encouraging a sense of pride and ownership in their work.'
The animals I drew were then hand made in Quito, Ecudor by Olga and her family who are part of a nationwide group of World Fair Trade Organisation producers. They are hand carved from a single tagua nut, a seed from a type of Palm that grows in South American rainforests.