Feature: Book design

 
The shape of a pocket

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
 
Penguin crime

Penguin crime

Romek Marber’s 1960s paperback identity is a landmark of independent British design
 

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.
 

Permanent innovation

With his ‘livre objets’ for the French book clubs, Pierre Faucheux invented a new genre
 
Naked words

Naked words

Type-only book covers – whether deliberately austere, functional … or shouting loud from the shelves – have always had a place in publication design.
 
Theatre of dreams

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.
 
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