Simply Splendid

I recently happened across a few random issues of the “London Mystery Magazine” (later “London Mystery Selection”). Interestingly, these covers seem to be a mixture of UK and US editions of the same title.


Apart from being a jolly good read, I have a certain admiration for the rather splendidly designed covers. These issues are from the 1950sand 1960s, so they were perhaps a little ‘old fashioned’ even at the time.  That said, they are now, and I suspect were when published, undeniably eye-catching.


That said, they are now, and I suspect were when published, undeniably eye-catching. To me, they demonstrate that good design can easily supplant today’s glossy photographic covers and perhaps they demonstrate that being a little ‘out of time’ can actually make a piece of design more eye-catching.


Just a thought!



Murder in Edwardian Toronto

We were recently delighted to discover Rachel McMillan’s series of Herringford and Watts mystery Novels and Novellas, all set in Edwardian Toronto, and making most appropriate use of the Great Bromwich typeface family on their covers…  Would like to add, they’re a splendid read too!

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Retro Sci-Fi Design

We’ve been having a little fun experimenting with some of our typefaces and seeing how they lend themselves to some good old-fashioned science fiction inspired design.  Here are some of the better results:

Anyone for a good old-fashioned sci-fi paperback cover? Movella and Magdalene Sans take us to the twin planet of death.

Federal Streamliner invites us to the moon’s first city.

Pardon the slightly racy image, but who could resist Xenethia’s Martian adventures, as promoted by Zenia?

Movella invites us to venture into the stratosphere.

Slatterine does its bit to promote Spaceport 1 London.