From the Design Desk: The Rise & Rise of Tabitha Baird

Drum roll, please! It’s finally time to reveal the cover for The Rise & Rise of Tabitha Baird by Arabella Weir, the hotly anticipated novel from bestselling author, actor and comedian Arabella Weir. It’s her first book for younger readers and it’s SO GOOD. I can’t reveal much for now, you’re going to have to go to your local bookshop and buy it when it comes out on the 2nd of October, but what I can show you, as self-appointed Designer Blogger, is the cover process.

We love Emmanuelle Walker‘s work so when she agreed to work with us on the cover of Tabitha Baird we were so thrilled! First we discussed some initial ideas with her and she gave us some sketches. Aren’t the heart-shaped glasses fun? We thought Basil needed them as he is not like any other dog . . .

We all agreed the third composition was the most balanced so I tried different colour palettes — we really wanted to get this right so I tried many, many options. We chose one with amazing help from the students of the secondary school that visited a few weeks ago:

Once the colour was just right, I started playing with the lettering, trying out different styles and positioning of the title and the author’s name to ensure it complemented the illustration and was easy enough to read:

And finally:

I hope you’ll love reading The Rise & Rise of Tabitha Baird when it comes out in October!

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