Sunday, 15 August 2010

A Tale of Two Yoshidas

A new, noirish book by a Japanese author is translated into English, and released simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic. The UK edition, from Harvill, is an uninspiring movie-poster style image...



..but the US edition, from Pantheon, is a very groovy thing indeed. (Click for a bigger version.)



Both designers as yet unknown,as neither edition is yet to be found in Australia.

UPDATE: Thanks to several commenters below, I can say that the second cover was designed by Chip Kidd, using artwork by Francois Robert--see more from his astonishing 'Stop the Violence' series here.

COMING TOMORROW: A combined interview with artist/writer Bob Fingerman and designer Peter Lutjen.

5 comments:

antonio lanza said...

As a fellow book cover enthusiast and as someone who loves art in all it glory I would like to firstly thank you for your blog. Secondly, I can shed some light on the cover art of one of the covers: Francois Robert is an artist who has done some extraordinary work. A gallery of his work about violence can be seen here: http://francoisrobertphotography.com/#/portfolio/fine_art/stop_the_violence

Thanks!

Will said...

I posted the cover on tumblr (the second one, of course), and a friend tracked down a Chip Kidd interview which includes it.

Biblibio said...

That second cover is creepy... Very cool!

Ian Shimkoviak said...

yeah, chip did that bone gun cover.

JRSM said...

Thanks for the info, everyone. I'll update the post accordingly.