I keep looking at our two most recent publications, and I’m struck by how our Field Guides creative director Melanie Falick engineered two covers that communicate a kinship between these two little books.
See the color palette for these two books?
It’s deliberate, of course. They’re supposed to be friends. One is how to knit, and the second is what to knit.
We wanted Skill Set to stand on its own as a concise set of lessons, without a lot of patterns mixed in. Putting patterns in this little book would make it a medium-sized book, and the goal at all times was Keep It Simple.
That said, we know that a new knitter has a rapacious desire to knit cool things. Which is why Field Guide No. 18: Beginnings includes six designs specifically created with the new knitter in mind—a set of projects by Karida Collins that takes a new knitter from garter-stitch Diagonal Mitts to the Simple Swoncho and Debut Pullover.
The Cover Artists
Lily Piyathaisere created the palette and graphic design for Skill Set. We loved it from the moment we saw it. She understood exactly how clean and simple we wanted this book to be.
A visit to Lily’s website shows how good design these days can range all over the place: brand identities, brand imagery, product packaging, magazines. Scroll down to her Et Cetera page here to see how she would redesign U.S. currency. Spoiler: it is not all green.
As for the Beginnings cover, it’s such a happy thing from Jessie Pickren Warner of Hew & Co. She has two previous Field Guide covers to her credit, and we love them both:
A visit to Jessie’s website Hew & Co. is such fun—Jessie works in illustration, branding, patterning, and paper, and it’s all filled with a distinctive kind of joy. Her art prints? Again, full of joy.
Her Instagram feed is one of my favorites, a happy place for sure.
All hail Melanie Falick for her skill at finding great designers for our Field Guides. She never ceases to surprise us.