Feature: Book design
The shape of a pocket
In 1960s France, Henry Cohen’s inventive photographic covers made Gallimard’s Idées series required reading.
The producer as author
For Bruce Mau, graphic design is a way of investigating ethical, cultural and philisophical issues
The image as evidence
The career of Germano Facetti is exceptional in its range. As art director of Penguin Book covers in the 1960s and as a designer, he was a powerful influence on book and information design, throwing a special light on Modern Movement aspirations and on attitudes to illustration. Facetti has maintained the concept of “documentary” and diagrammatic illustration to induce understanding, to express emotion, or to accumulate information in a more memorable way.
Type-only book covers – whether deliberately austere, functional … or shouting loud from the shelves – have always had a place in publication design.
With his ‘livre objets’ for the French book clubs, Pierre Faucheux invented a new genre
Theatre of dreams
Andrzej Klimowski is obsessed with eyes, faces, hands, angels and devils. He is one of Britain’s most haunting image-makers
White space black hat
Derek Birdsall harbours a secret. It has given him 30 years at the top. If it works, he says, use it again
Quentin Fiore: Massaging the message
The man who gave form to Marshall McLuhan’s ‘global village’ designed books that were both for and ahead of their time
Stop making sense
The best-loved children’s stories are for adults too. Five American illustrators push at the boundaries of the book.