Hawkey became the assistant director of ARK, the RCA magazine, and supplemented his grant by working for the Central Office of Information and working part time for the picture department of the Sunday Graphic. He won a deign competition sponsored by Vogue and was offered a job by Condé Nast. Quickly establishing himself as an art director of note, he briefly worked for the advertising agency Colmon Prentis and Varley before joining the Daily Express in 1959 where he was considered a trailblazer in the use of illustration and graphics in news reports.
In 1964 he became presentations director of The Observer and helped launch their colour magazine, winning the Newspaper Design Award twice during his 11 years with the paper. From 1975 he worked as a consultant on numerous magazines and newspapers, his clients including IPC, the Daily Mail and The Independent.
The book's success meant that Hawkey was invited back, following Deighton to Jonathan Cape, who also published Ian Fleming's James Bond books. Hawkey then became the designer of the 1963 Pan editions of the Bond novels, with the innovation of putting the name JAMES BOND at the top of each book in larger type than both the title and Fleming's byline. Another Hawkey innovation on Thunderball was to have two bullet holes die-cut into the cover, a photograph of a girls' back. Hawkey used a similar device when he designed the covers for Richard Stark's novels published by Coronet in 1969-74. You can see more of Hawkey's innovative designs in two of the galleries I've published at Bear Alley: James Bond and Len Deighton. He also provided covers for Kingsley Amis, Frederick Forsyth and Gavin Lyall as well as designing the title sequence for the Deighton-scripted film, Oh! What a Lovely War.
|The full title sequence for Oh! What a Lovely War can be found here.|
Obituaries: Daily Telegraph (31 August), The Guardian (31 August). There is also an excellent tribute by Edward Milward-Oliver (24 August).
(* The photo I found here on a website dedicated to spy fiction, Mister 8. Not sure what the copyright situation is on this one.)