With the latest stress of dates and deadlines passed there is just time to bring the second round up of new Penguin Press covers, this time looking at the pick of covers being published this Autumn 2009. So all these books are just out in the shops or will be imminently.
There's been a few covers to get excited about this month, starting with Great Ideas Vol. IV. Again, David Pearson and his merry team, Phil Baines, Catherine Dixon and Alistair Hall, have run riot over these covers producing another diverse, irresistible and often beautiful set of designs, many are saying the best yet. I've picked out five of my faves here, below, but you can see them all here.
We're also publishing four new books in a series called Great Stars, written by the eminent film guru David Thomson, each focusing on the lives of movie idols from the golden age of Hollywood. These cool graphic covers based on movie theatre marquees were designed in-house by Stefanie Posavec.
Stefanie has also been extremely busy these last few months working with Scott Schuman, also known as The Sartorialist, putting together a chic little Penguin book of the same name, featuring some of the photographic and stylistic highlights of his fashion blog so far. Last month saw Scott sign over 600 copies at the book's lively launch at Liberty.
There is also a very sharp collectors edition of The Sartorialist:
The pick of other Penguin Press paperback covers for Autumn ‘09 are:
The Penguin History of Modern Russia (design in-house by Richard Green)
The Candy Machine (design in-house by Richard Green)
And from our latest Allen Lane hardbacks:
1939: Countdown to War (design in-house by Coralie Bickford-Smith)
Justice (design in-house by Stefanie Posavec)
A delicious round of illustrations by Richard Green on the cute little hardback, The Old Dog and Duck, published on our Particular Books imprint:
And, penultimately, we have the paperback cover for Deyan Sudjic's The Language of Things, designed by yours truly.
Deyan is someone living his very life in the golden section, surrounded daily by the beautifully crafted and elegantly formed (and that’s just the staff at the Design Museum, boom boom) so when it comes to designing his covers the stops have to be pulled way out.
And now, really lastly, we have put together this box of 100 postcards, called Postcards from Penguin, featuring Penguin covers from the past.
In the selection are some of the very first Penguin covers with their broad colour bands and charming typography. There are also many postcards that feature illustrated book covers and these were simply chosen for their irresistible charisma, like the lovely 60s paintings by Alan Aldridge on The Company She Keeps and There Must Be a Pony; the seismic David Pelham illustration for A Clockwork Orange; the perceptively light touch of Derek Birdsall on the covers for Chosen Words or Kiss Kiss; or the utterly 'Penguin' crime covers with illustrations by Romek Marber on books such as The Case of the Dangerous Dowager or The Case of the Howling Dog. And with a few surprises too.
That rounds up the pick of Penguin Press covers Autumn 2009.
Art Director, Penguin Press