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Granta To Close Its New York City Office

GalleyCat has learned that Granta will close its office in New York City.

We have also heard that deputy editor Ellah Allfrey and art director Michael Salu have both resigned. Associate editor Patrick Ryan will also be leaving.

We’ve reached out to the literary journal for commentary, and we will update with any response. Editor John Freeman also left the magazine last month.

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Fashion Designer Paul Smith Works on Granta Cover

Granta magazine worked with fashion designer Paul Smith to create the cover for its upcoming issue, Granta 119.

Dedicated to the theme of “Britain,” the issue will be released in the U.K. on May 10th and in the U.S. on May 17th.  Contributing writers include Adam Foulds, Mark Haddon, Robert Macfarlane and Rachel Seiffert.

In the release, Granta artistic director Michael Salu explained the cover: “Britain’s oldest literary magazine creating an issue on ‘home’ needed a package of distinction. Why not ask a revered British designer to collaborate on creating the cover for ‘Britain?’ We worked with Sir Paul Smith and his team to create an image that we feel is beautiful yet disquieting and saturated with generations of British identity and understanding.”

Literary Journal Cover Design

grantabackwards.jpgToday Granta published a slide show revealing how they created the cover image for the upcoming issue–a peek at the editorial layers and process behind a literary journal cover.

Granta artistic director Michael Salu explained the steps in a short essay. The image meditates on the evolution of print and the beauty of the old fashioned printing press.

Here’s an excerpt: “I began to think about how our preservation of memory has evolved over the years and considered how memory is becoming increasingly virtual (with even its meaning changing somewhat). Creating a cover for this issue seemed the ideal opportunity to produce something in homage to antiquated and largely obsolete processes. After quick-fire discussion with the Granta team, I decided the most apt response to the text would be to create a typographic cover comprised of pieces of metal type used on old printing presses.”

Granta’s Artistic Director on Sex-Themed Videos and Book Trailer Tips

sexissuecover.jpgAs homemade book trailers, promotional materials, and even book covers become more commonplace, many writers could use a course in design work.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Michael Salu, the artistic director at Granta–talking about the videos and cover design he worked on for the literary journal’s upcoming sex-themed issue (pictured). Before joining Granta, Salu served as senior designer at CCVP, Random House UK. He has designed book jackets for titles by Italo Calvino, Raymond Carver, and Bruce Chatwin.

Press play below to listen; Salu joined the conversation around the four-minute mark.

Here’s his advice on book trailers: “For me it’s actually trying to develop a new visual grammar. It’s a difficult thing to avoid in that kind of standard book trailer–using the grammar of television. We’re talking about literature, which is a richer source of inspiration. It’s interesting to see it from that context–using the medium of film to create emotion and atmosphere, rather than having it be too stylized or too careful.”

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