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Behind the scenes at the in-house Vintage Creativity Day

Ever wondered how our design teams create their fantastic covers? Back in November, the Vintage Design team decided to give their colleagues a taste of their day-to-day work with a special Creativity Day.

Featuring workshops in cyanotype, wax resist, hand lettering, letter press, and lino cutting and printing, there was plenty to get stuck into. Here's a little look at what was on offer...

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Cyanotype

Colleagues were given pressed flowers and feathers to create their cyanotype design...

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Before...
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Cyanotype is the earliest photographic printing process, and is similar to the technique used on the Vintage George Eliot covers
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...and after!

Hand lettering

... and got to try out hand lettering.

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The set-up
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Hand lettering is used on a number of vintage covers

Letterpress

There was the chance to create a quote card using the traditional letterpress method...

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A finished quote card
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Choosing the blocks of 'moveable type'

Lino cutting & printing

... as well as cutting letters of the alphabet into lino and printing them...

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A work in progress
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The finished result

Wax resist

... and colleagues were given a shot at using the wax resist technique.

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Wax resist
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Hanging up the artwork to dry

Find out more about the Vintage design team

The Penguin Random House Student Design Award

Interested in cover design? Applications for the Penguin Random House Student Design Award 2018 are now open. The award, now in its twelfth year, aims to find the next generation of book cover designers by giving students interested in pursuing a career in design the opportunity to experience real cover design briefs first-hand.

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