Meet the Beatles in Digital
Life Books With the Beatles, Digital
The Beatles set the paradigm for modern rock stardom when Beatlemania spread around the world during the Swinging Sixties. LIFE With the Beatles presents the photographs of Bob Whitaker, the band’s official photographer, who traveled with the group from 1964 to 1966, at the height of their fame. The book collects hundreds of rare photographs by Whitaker, many never before published, and is timed to the 50th anniversary of the releases of the Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do” (1962), and first album, “Please Please Me” (1963). Great fans of the Fab Four, we welcomed the opportunity to work on the project, and have created a design—in both print and e-book formats—that showcases Whitaker’s exuberant, intimate images.
Since 2009, Li’l Robin has worked with LIFE Books to design several of the publisher’s titles. The books tell stories through images, often pulling photography from the extensive Time & Life picture collection. LIFE With the Beatles is the first title in the series that has also been published as an e-book, available on Kindle and as an iBook for iPad. (A few earlier titles were published as stand-alone apps.)
We created templates for the digital versions of LIFE With the Beatles based on our design for the printed book. (Final implementation of the e-books was completed by Metrodigi.) Like other titles in the series, the layout maintains the iconic LIFE brand but creates a unique setting for the subject, with elements carefully coordinated to establish a framework that makes the photography the focus.