Until now the work of British designer David Pearson has usually graced the covers of the kind of books we haven’t dipped into since Uni – most recently Chekhov’s A Russian Affair, Kierkegaard’s Seducer’s Diary, Thomas More’s Utopia and Proust’s Days Of Reading.
They’re all pretty hefty, highbrow reads so it’s a measure of his talent that the covers actually made us pick them up again - and even have a go at re-reading some of them.
Likewise, his work on Penguin’s Great Ideas series ushered in a new era of design for the company. The innovative designs were loved by readers and recognised by design awards bodies, councils and even the Design Museum itself.
Now he’s created the cover art for a reissued series of novels by one of Esquire’s favourite American writers, Cormac McCarthy – author of The Road, No Country For Old Men and eight other blood-soaked modern classics.
The books are starting to make their way into shops this month priced around £8 each and will certainly brighten any coffee table – placed next to this month’s Esquire, naturally. Nice to see someone turning the humble paperback into a repository of excellent design as well as ideas.