Art Direction
The Death of Bunny Munro was Nick Cave’s first fiction book since his debut novel And The Ass Saw The Angel published in 1989. A major publishing event in that regard, but an amazing book to boot.

As Art Director for Canongate Books in 2009, Mark Art Directed a fantastic design for this book by Jon Gray of gray318, shots of the boxed special edition can be seen here.

The flocking effect on the outer boards echoed the wallpaper of the south coast hotels that Bunny Munro frequents as a philandering make-up salesman, the cover designed as a sort of funeral card using a shot from one of Nick’s favourite photographers, Polly Borland, who needs no introduction. We even managed to include a free make-up sample along with a specially designed audio edition.

Jame Byng, MD of Canongate, was kind enough to say “I don’t think we’ve ever designed so many different elements as part of a single book’s launch. Thrilling stuff and thanks for masterminding the whole “bunny” look.”

The D&AD also recognised the Design and Art Direction in the 2010 Awards, we were nominated In Book alongside some excellent work that year from various designers around the world.

You can see the more commercial B format design of Bunny Munro here as well.

Client: Canongate Books, Edinburgh
Design: gray318
Photographs: Polly Borland (bunny) and Millennium Images (boy)