Align #2 Michel Gondry, Collapsing Bookshops, Background Artists and Master of None

By Molly Waring-Moore on 8th Jun

In this issue: what it takes to make a great book cover, a bookshop that almost collapsed under its own weight and a run and dive through album art history and more...

Book Design

What Makes A Great Book Cover?

In this article posted on, Belinda Lanks collates designers opinions on their favourite book covers. Each designer selects covers they love but didn't design and each explains what it is that makes them so great. The typeface, colour scheme and composition combined become a visual metaphor for the text and simplicity seems to be the overwhelming theme.

"I buy more books than I have time to get around to reading. I feel as though the best book covers beautifully summarise a story (especially in a tiny space with very few elements) without giving any of the story away." - Aaron Kelwick, Designer at Makermet

Original article on

Alex Bookshop
Labyrinthine Scarthin books, Cromford, Derbyshire

The problem with 100,000 books

You could be forgiven for thinking that Scarthin Books is held up by books alone, since every structural support and load bearing wall is home to bowing shelves, teeming with pages of print. On the contrary, a recent structural survey found that the sheer weight of 100,000 new, old and ancient books threatened to bring the whole building tumbling down. The tardis-like shop, which has stood for over 40-years in a historic terrace facing the mill pond in Cromford, Derbyshire, is as though it has itself sprung from the pages of a fantasy novel; winding staircases vanish into tight corridors of stories stacked floor-to-ceiling, a cafe lurks well-hidden on one of five-floors and curious bibliophiles  would not be surprised to find rotating book shelves revealing secret rooms. 

A recent crowdfunding campaign funded repairs to the structure, and guarantees the survival of this cherished slice of bookshop history for generations to come. 

Check it out on Makermet's Instagram

Read more about Scarthin Books' Revival on the BBC News website

Master Gondry
Left: Master of None | Right: Pandora Music Advert Still

Michel Gondry tackles Pandora Music's latest advertising campaign - A Run And Dive Into A History Of Album Artwork

Responsible for some of the most memorable music videos of all time (Daft Punk - Around the World / Massive Attack - Protection / Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar), it's great to see a fresh project by the legendary Michel Gondry on our screens this month.

The 'Sounds Like You' Pandora Music campaign video features a woman running through a history of album artwork notably includes a dive into Nirvana's Nevermind, a skip through THAT Joy Division cover, and a dash through sleeves including The Weeknd's "Starboy", Drake's "Nothing Was The Same", and many more memorable examples of great album artwork.

Watch the 'Sounds Like You' campaign video on Youtube

Master Of None - The Complete Spotify Playlist 

Makermet's own Aziz Ansari superfan, Sally (Studio Manager) has shared her love for Netflix's brilliant Master of None series via a Spotify Playlist of its soundtrack. 

"Season 2 was released on Netflix last month and it's incredible! Perfect! And other hyperbolic words as well. The soundtrack is an absolute joy - an inspired and eclectic mix of everything from Italo disco classics to folk, soul, hip hop and... Vengaboys?" 

If you love Master of None, check out the playlist on Spotify

Watch Master of None, season two on Netflix

Scene Set
Background Illustration for Ghost in the Shell - by Hiromasa Ogura, 1995

Creative Review's "Scene Stealers" examines the work of background artists

Background artists, such as Eyving Earle and Hiromasa Ogura, often go unnoticed in the world of animated films, but their work is just as important as the characters that live within it. Walt Disney's Family Museum's co-curator Michael Labrie says, "From the scratchboards, cards, serigraphs, sculptures, and awe-inspiring landscapes, you get to ponder in a meadow, perch on a hillside, or soar above the towering cliffs captured, imagined, and shared by Eyvind Earle".

Read the original article by Mark Sinclair on Creative Review's website

F1 Photography

F1 Photography With A 100-Year Old Graflex Camera

Photographer, Joshua Paul of Lollipop Magazine, chooses to use a Graflex 4×5 view camera from 1913 to shoot F1 races. Joshua was inspired to shoot in film after seeing 1969 magazine photos of the Indy 500. “My approach is to make images so beautiful they defy subject matter.” While some photos aren't totally successful, it does highlight the less forgiving nature of old camera technology - which is beautiful in itself. 

Read more about Joshua Paul's F1 photography work.

Align puts Makermet studio-chat to good use; in each bi-weekly issue we pick out the most exciting art and design related news, rumours and reports that we've caught sight of in print, in person and online. 

About the author

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Molly Waring-Moore

Digital Marketing Executive

Works directly with clients on the planning, delivery and analysis of multi-channel marketing campaigns.

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