In a remarkable coincidence, I included a link to the Guardian's slideshow of Faber & Faber's book covers in last week's Friday Bookmarks, and on Saturday stumbled on Design*Sponge's post on Faber's new poetry collections. The books are so handsome that I had to let you all know about them.
Miriam Rosenbloom, senior designer for the publisher, was charged with coming up with a design concept for the series that referenced Faber's earlier editions. After finding her initial inspiration, Miriam put together a list of six artists who would each create a print for each book of the collection. She and one of Faber's poetry editors determined which artist suited which author best, as well as what the dominant color for each book would be. Judging from the results, I'd say everyone involved did a heck of a job.
The artists designed both the covers and the endpapers for the books.
The volumes are: Kid by Simon Armitage; Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis by Wendy Cope; The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin; Dart by Alice Oswald, Nil, Nil by Don Paterson; and Ariel by Sylvia Plath. You can read more about the design process here, and the books are available for purchase from Faber here.