Let's start with a few groovy book vids to whet your appetite.
DESIGNERS WE LOVE
Now, these aren't ALL the designers we love, of course, but here are a few whose work we know well and who we think have made/are making a significant contribution to British book design in recent years.
Jim has 'the eye' - apart from being a great designer himself, he has an impeccable track record for recruiting talented, passionate and lovely designers into the Penguin Press fold.
Senior designer at Penguin, Coralie has a beautiful illustrative style that has allowed her to create some of the best design work of the year. These include the Great Foods series the exquisite F. Scott Fitzgerald series, both for Penguin.
David is one of the most passionate and committed book designers ever. He is a master of series design and his work spans many publishers around the globe. He also does all the design work for Ridley Scott Associates which, though unrelated to books, is quite something!
You'll notice from Stefanie's work that she's not strictly a book designer. In fact, she is an information designer which the ability to apply her amazing talents to most mediums. She has worked on books, apps (see the Stephen Fry app on her website) and has a special penchant for transliterating music into stunning visuals.
EDUCATION & RESOURCES
Want to become a book designer? Here are a few links to courses, resources and opportunities for young designers in the UK.