MI6 grabbed a quick word with 'Solo' cover designer and Random House Creative Director, Suzanne Dean
How did you become involved in the project?
I am the Creative Director at Random House so look after all the cover designs for Vintage Books, including Ian Fleming's James Bond backlist, which we also publish. I started working on the project in January.
What lead you to choose graphic design and typography over traditional artwork?
I wanted to suggest the essence of the novel and the period in which it was set. The cover uses meaningful symbols and playful typography to suggest and allow room for the reader's imagination. I didn't want to show Bond or produce a filmic representation of a scene.
Do you see this cover fitting into the style of the most recent Bond novels?
Yes, very much so. We reissued all the backlist last year in Vintage Classics and we think the new jacket ties in perfectly with them. They will look good as a set on a book shelf.
Did you read the manuscript before designing the cover? What did you think?
You have talked about key designers who influenced you, is there any particular works that reflect your design?
What other fonts did you consider or did you entertain creating a new font?
How complex and long was the process?
Will any of your design motifs be carried on within the design and layout of the book?
No, my brief was to focus on the cover design.