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The Designer Formerly Known as Black Eye Design

Designer Michel Vrana just launched his new website. With great appreciation for the work he has produced over the years I thought it would be nice to show a series of covers he did for Gibbs Smith publishing house.

What I like about this series is their very well executed silkscreen look as well as the beautiful assortment and playful use of type. If a book cover is meant to function as a mini poster—well then, these do the job. The covers are full of subtle wit but very tangible and perfectly suited for the topic.

Here is a fine selection from the, pardners…



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  • “You guys are great. It will be my pleasure to recommend you to fellow authors. I’m particularly impressed with your prompt turn-arounds, and your ability to effectively capture my concepts.”

    — Richard Bard
  • “ The cover and layout are so professionally done and compelling. The whole design speaks to a high level of quality and style and I think that has a huge impact on book sales. ”

    — Cynthia Morris
  • “ I honestly couldn’t imagine a better cover. I get people telling how much they love the cover on a regular basis. ”

    — S.C. Barrus
  • “ Better than professional! Every time I asked to tweak this or that detail, they did it with both alacrity and creativity. Very friendly and helpful throughout the process. ”

    — Ira Berkowitz
  • “ Thank you for such quick turn-arounds, wonderful organization, your professionalism, and most of all your great ideas and solutions.”

    — Tracy Cunningham
  • “Thank you so much for your great work and incredible speediness!”

    — Laura Williams, Algonquin Press

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    Trade publishers served
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    Indie publishers served
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