Olly Smith: Eat & Drink was an illustrated cookery book, published by Headline Books, written by Olly Smith – a food writer, regular guest on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and the presenter of the UK version of Iron Chef. Eat & Drink was a collection of Olly’s favourite recipes and food related stories.
The brief: Olly Smith: Eat & Drink
I was contracted by Headline to see if I would be able to typeset Olly Smith: Eat & Drink . The original idea was that the book would be text only. The brief then expanded from just text t0 an illustrated, two-colour layout design.
For the new brief the client wanted a notebook style appearance to the book. This was to suit the author’s writing style. Olly had also supplied a lot of his own hand drawn artwork, so the client was keen to incorporate into them into the design as much as possible.
The design: Olly Smith: Eat & Drink
I designed the book to look more like a scrapbook/diary. I went for a singular text column design, with larger margins on the outer sides of the pages – this allowed me to include smaller recipes, photos within these, along with the author’s handwritten notes.
Olly’s artworks were quite funny, so I made the most of them where possible. They worked well for the chapter openers for each section within the book. My favourite section is the one that compared types of cream to the different actors who have portrayed James Bond.