Find classic covers of your favourite penguin books, or explore contemporary designs created by awardwinning designer coralie bickfordsmith, each featuring a motif or image inspired by the book. Penguin random house, in partnership with strand book store, recently presented an exhibit of 100 notable book covers created by a select group of penguin random house creative designers and art directors in a special be my cover exhibit in the rare book room at strand book store in new york city. The penguin covers feature many graphic designs as well as famous art work. Companies disciplines people sources in the studio with how penguin random houses book covers are born. Our latest behind the book covers feature presents colleen reinhart, senior designer at berkley she has worked at penguin random house for more than four years, designing dozens of covers along the way. Over the next two years as art director, he especially focused on science fiction book covers and introduced his style which resonated with the mood of the time. Penguin books is now the flagship imprint of the worldwide penguin group. Its weird how you get used to things and after staring at the empty frames night after night for such a long time, we hardly even noticed them anymore.
Penguin used a simple colour scheme, two solid bands of colour sandwiching a band. These have not been planned to coincide with the publics growing appreciation of art, but rather to appeal to the general liking for illustrated keepsakes of special projects. Penguin series design the art of penguin book covers. In 1935, if you wanted to read a good book, you needed either a lot of money or a library card. It was cofounded in 1935 by sir allen lane with his brothers richard and john, as a line of the publishers the bodley head, only becoming a separate company the following year. Its weird how you get used to things and after staring at the empty frames night after night for such a long time, we hardly even noticed them. Thanks to facettis pictorial covers, penguin classics.
The book collections are housed in the national art library and include around books published by penguin. Buy penguin book cover prints framed art prints penguin shop. Art design film illustration media photography publishing radio writing or browse by. One of penguins strategies was to implement standardised designs for book covers.
Art directors share their alltime favourite book covers. Penguin book covers through the years in pictures books the. Penguin book covers inspire artist for york exhibition the. Lose yourself in a book, find your next read and hear from the authors you love. Find classic covers of your favourite penguin books, or explore contemporary designs created by awardwinning designer coralie bickfordsmith, each featuring a.
No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options. After doing some freelance book covers for penguin books, he was hired in march 1965 by penguins chief editor tony godwin to become the art director of penguin. Penguin revolutionised publishing in the 1930s through its inexpensive paperbacks, sold through woolworths and other high street stores for sixpence, bringing highquality. Behind the book covers with berkleys colleen reinhart. How penguin classics books became design icons books the. Dazzling custom book covers see more covers made especially for you amazing premade book covers see more covers printready topnotch designs high quality design see more covers to make your book stand out. Independent art hand stretched around super sturdy wood frames. Penguin book, pride and prejudice print, jane austin print, book cover, art. Weve rounded up some unique and breathtaking book covers that are sure to catch your eye and your heart. May 08, 2017 in an article about the penguin modern painters, lane said. Cheap paperbacks were available, but their poor production generally tended to mirror the quality between the covers. Penguin books was founded in 1935 by allen lane with the purpose of inexpensively producing high quality, but affordable, paperbacks.
Created by edward young, a 21 year old office junior at the time, the covers are a cherished part of britains design heritage. Art meets matter in the uk sells readytohang stretched canvas books of more than a dozen penguin classics bookcovers. After doing some freelance book covers for penguin books, he was hired in march 1965 by penguin s chief editor tony godwin to become the art director of penguin. The images on the wrapping paper are a selection of penguin book covers. How penguin classics books became design icons books. Over the years theyve created memorable artwork for everything from new fiction to nonfiction, classics to collections, specials to short stories. All of our work is bookcovers related, but occasionally well design the text of the book, or help with marketing. You can even turn your own photo into an art masterpiece with myphotos. Lustig was a renowned twentiethcentury graphic designer and a design hero of mine. See more ideas about penguin books, book cover design and book design.
Penguin paperback cover designs victoria and albert museum. The idea of a collection of postcards featuring classic penguin book covers is, on the surface of it, a fine idea. Art directors share their alltime favourite book covers books jackets are often as iconic as the words they contain. Penguin has produced a number of rather striking book covers over the years. As a book lover as well as an art lover, i wanted this beautiful book as soon as i saw it. Check out some of my favorites below, including both official covers and concept art. Though many voices participate in this creative process, its the designers expertise that is most critical. The art of illustration flourished at penguin during the 1960s and 70s under a series of art directors whose tastes in cover design were more graphic than typographic. Commissioned by awardwinning penguin art director paul buckley, the penguin threads series debuted with cover art by jillian tamaki and continues with art by rachell sumpter for giftworthy penguin classics.
Browse our latest titles in the art category to discover your next read from. A look at the colorful history of scifi book covers use this link to get a 30 day free trial of vrv premium. Penguin book covers inspire artist for york exhibition. In an article about the penguin modern painters, lane said. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times. The fundamental rule of all readers is to never judge a book by its cover, but ilhether we spot a gorgeous book in someones hands or displayed in a bookstore, the cover piques our curiosity. Our latest behind the book covers feature presents colleen reinhart, senior designer at berkley. The penguin book covers section date to when miller discovered a cardboard box of penguin books outside an english bookshop near notre dame, after which he was inspired to create. The official home of penguin books usa, publishers of bestselling fiction, nonfiction, classics, and childrens books. Artist and writer harland miller penguin book book art paintings and prints for sale online or visit art gallery in nyc. The secret of penguins enduring paperback covers is all in the. Best book covers, book cover art, book cover design, book design, frankenstein book, bram stokers dracula, graphic design books, literary gifts, book posters what others are saying fantasy faction time out of mind thing 1 penguin random house science fiction books fantasy books fantasy authors the book bestselling author.
Classic book posters that you can customise by selecting your own frame and print size. Browse the hottest posters in music, movies and sports. So i bought it and then realized it was a perfect birthday gift for a friend who is a graphic artist and an admirer of classic penguin book design. The fundamental rule of all readers is to never judge a book by its cover, but whether we spot a gorgeous book in someones hands or displayed in a bookstore, the cover piques our curiosity. Our collection of prints takes inspiration from iconic penguin book covers. In this rare display of his watercolours and drawings, millers penguin covers are closer to still life studies, rather than twodimensional posters. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. There are some real gems included, but frankly far too few. Unfortunately, most of the covers included here are rather dull in design. Popular english art by noel carrington and clarke hutton, 1945. Harland miller is a british artist and author who is best known for his largescale, photorealistic paintings, posters, and prints of vintage penguin book covers.
Although this one is firmly in the parts of womens faces genre of book covers, her expression shows more than most of the. The history and cover art of science fiction published by penguin books from 1935 to the present day. I refer to it often and recommend it to people who either admire or collect art and or books. May 17, 2018 a look at the colorful history of scifi book covers use this link to get a 30 day free trial of vrv premium. Turn your home, office, or studio into an art gallery, minus the snooty factor. Vintage penguin book style personalised wedding poster print art wedding gift. Find classic prints of your favourite penguin books and contemporary covers by awardwinning designer coralie bickfordsmith. His crime, in rieus eyes, was to replace the spartan jackets with a reproduction of a painting, chosen to reflect the theme of each book. Weve rounded up some unique and breathtaking book covers that are sure to catch your eye and. The penguin books color code vintage penguin books all had the same iconic design two bands of color on the top and bottom and a white band in the middle with the books title and author in black, but they came in an array of colors. Bearing the hallmark of penguins celebrated design aesthetic, there is a cover to suit everyone in this iconic. Penguin threads penguin classics because what you read. Experimenting with different paper sizes and angles, he occasionally shows their spines, and the shadows they cast. High quality penguin books inspired wall art by independent artists and designers from around the world.
Jul 03, 2014 the penguin books color code vintage penguin books all had the same iconic design two bands of color on the top and bottom and a white band in the middle with the book s title and author in black, but they came in an array of colors. Jan 30, 2017 check out some of my favorites below, including both official covers and concept art. Original penguin designs of some of the most popular and iconic paperbacks. The art of illustration flourished at penguin during the 1960s and 70s under a series of art directors whose tastes in. Penguin books art prints since the creation of the first penguin paperbacks in 1935, the colourcoded jackets have become a cherished part of british culture and design history. High quality penguin books inspired art prints by independent artists and designers from around the world. We find out which ones have inspired the designers who make them for a living. Penguin random house uk childrens is home to popular childrens authors and illustrators such as roald dahl, jeff kinney, jacqueline wilson, quentin blake, malorie blackman, tom fletcher, ed vere, nadia shireen and jan pienkowski as well as hugely successful childrens brands peter rabbit, peppa pig, the very hungry caterpillar and the snowman. Jan 22, 2012 penguin books is now the flagship imprint of the worldwide penguin group. Penguin books art prints since its first appearance in 1935, the original penguin books triband, colourcoded cover, has become one of the most recognisable designs in the world. Penguin book print, the body in the library, agatha christie print book cover, art print, vintage, poster, literary gift, book lover, a3, a4. If you know any creators ive missed, let me know in the comments and ill add them. Bearing the hallmark of penguins celebrated design aesthetic, there is a cover to suit everyone in this iconic collection. I am in awe of all of his book covers, and it is hard to single out one cover but, for me, this iconic design stands the test of time.
Seven hundred penguins is another great book that shows an amazing collection of 700 book covers do not grab my images and repost them on your flickr page. One of the most exciting aspects of any books publication is the design of its cover. May 29, 20 one of the most exciting aspects of any book s publication is the design of its cover. Bookrelated recommendations, news, art, design, and fashion. Oct 28, 2006 his crime, in rieus eyes, was to replace the spartan jackets with a reproduction of a painting, chosen to reflect the theme of each book. It deserves the accolades for readability, design and art work, information and usable content. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search.
They seem to be very popular art at the moment and penguin book cover art is definitely better than having empty frames. I started searching local book stores and online for some of the old penguin and pelican books. See more ideas about best book covers, books and good books. Ive cited designers where i could find them, but some of them have eluded me. She has worked at penguin random house for more than four years, designing dozens of covers along the way. High quality penguin books inspired canvas prints by independent artists and designers from around the world. Find your favorite art prints from classic masters and discover upandcoming artists. The only slipup came in 1967 when after art director tony godwins departure, it was felt necessary to print a penguin book in heavy 36 point at the top of covers, as if anyone would have.467 231 1110 154 51 76 152 168 866 1386 1072 969 998 720 713 652 1405 1616 1554 1467 418 912 339 1253 98 406 62 587 285 845 1121 249 773 243 281 1116 889 252 502 138 1383 465 219 1449 1315 665 392