Jacket design with Bourchier

Ceren Özpınar and Mary Kelly, Under the Skin: Feminist Art and Art Histories from the Middle East and North Africa Today (British Academy, forthcoming, 2020)

Here is another of several potential designs for this forthcoming publication for the British Academy. The many versions under consideration for this title is typical of the collaborative working practices between publisher, author and cover designer.

Bona Malwal, Abyei of the Ngok Dinka: Not Yet South Sudan

This jacket showcases the imaginative and transformative skills of designers. Initially tasked to create a portrait front cover, the designer insisted a map would better reflect the book’s message. Armed with guidance from Bourchier’s project manager about the book’s key content, the designer honed in on the town of Abyei between Sudan and South Sudan. As the hostilities of the two nations lie at the heart of this book, the designer used a black gradient effect to ensure a reader’s eye was drawn to the centre of the conflict.

Jacket design

Capturing attention, provoking thought

Bourchier creates bespoke book designs and jackets, carefully sculpted for their relevance to the book’s content, sometimes in abstract terms to represent the essence of that content visually to maximum effect. Everything from subtle variations in colour to font selection can impact on the tone of a cover, and our designers are experts at working with such subtleties to create attractive and thought-provoking layouts.


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  • “Please can you extend my thanks to the designer for their extremely thoughtful work on this. This cover will really help to place the book amongst other similar titles.”

    Cadence Kinsey, author of Walled Gardens (The British Academy, forthcoming)
  • “I carefully looked at the book's front jacket. I think your technical people have done a good job with the photograph.”

    Kuyok Abol Kuyok, editor of Peter Nyot Kok: A Tribute (Analecta Publishing, forthcoming)
  • “Wow – I loved these and how exciting to see these examples 'in the flesh' – a real book is taking shape here."

    Dr Kylie Murray, author of The Making of the Scottish Dream-Vision (The British Academy, forthcoming)