- Client Penguin Books
- Industry Media, Art & Culture
- Region International
- Discipline Print, Book Design
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's latest book 'Jamie's Great Britain' , published by Penguin Books, is the result of his newest culinary adventure that took place around Great Britain. Wanting to showcase our great British food to the world, Jamie has written over 130 recipes that span our iconic dishes. Some of these are his own twist on classics and others have been influenced by our diverse culture, which are soon-to-be British classics. Working with photographer David Loftus, Jamie has encapsulated his take on modern Britain through the places he visited, the people he met, and the food he tasted. With all the attention that Britain will be receiving next summer from hosting the 2012 Olympics, the release of this book in the autumn of 2011 couldn't have been better timed.
Our challenge began with initialising a design that would allow the recipes to shine, whilst sharing stories of the various places, people and food inspiration from around our shores. It was important to create a design that was quintessentially British - using a classic British typeface, inspired by iconic typographic British posters, helped to achieve this. Throughout each chapter we also designed 'food crowns' to adorn the recipe titles. Used sparingly throughout, each chapter has its own related food crown, adding a sovereign touch to favoured recipes. We even designed special one-off 'Kate & Wills' crowns, inspired by the headpieces they wore on their wedding day, for one of Jamie's recipes that he dedicated to them both. We became quite involved in helping to name some of the recipes, taking inspiration from regional dialects and phrases; and also used experimental typography to create a British 'conversational' page.
Many studio hours were spent looking through over 12,500 of David's beautiful photographs, to select the best images to represent Jamie's gastronomical Britain. All 408 pages have been lovingly crafted to reflect a real sense of home comfort food, with intermittent stories educating the reader about how different cultures have introduced new flavours and staple meals to our national dishes. Working alongside the great team at Penguin Books, we have created not only a cookbook, but also a digestible, historical guide to delicious Britain.
408 page hardback book, and selected inside spreads.
First thoughts including initial research into nostalgic and modern Britain.
Conceptual thinking; taking inspiration from iconic British packaging, association with food and texture and mapping the history and evolution of food.
Development of the book introduction and chapter openers, and the selection process of the recipe title and body copy font.
Drawing and design process of the food crowns and final entire food crown collection.
Using experiemental typography for the British ‘conversational’ page, and development of the recipe grid and layout.
Final stages; including recipe corrections, colour tests and running sheets.
Selected spreads; displaying the introduction, recipes, and the food and culture stories.