Readers for Bedford/St. Martin’s
Anna Palchik, Senior Art Director at Bedford/St. Martin’s, wanted Carling Design to bring a trade book/magazine feel to their college-level readers. Here are some examples of the many engaging interior designs Tom has created for B/StM.
Acting Out Culture: AOC challenges students to think about the ways in which they conform to the “rules” of consumer society. “I wanted to echo the theme graphically with a ‘coloring within the lines’ concept.”
Writers Presence: “We would like a fresh, contemporary, but classic design.” This directive from Bedford/St. Martin's for Writer’s Presence, is paraphrased, in one form or another, in nearly every design brief Carling receives. “‘Of today, yet timeless.’ Oxymoronic? Not really. I know what they want.” Tom’s take on this injunction was greatly aided by the addition of a second color.
Ways of Reading: The redesign memo WOR bandied about phrases like “cutting edge”, “intellectually hip”, “typographically interesting” and, of course, the cautionary: “but not intimidating”. “Though initially challenged by some of my design ideas (curved text blocks!), it was readily agreed in the end that all criteria had been happily met.”