Getting into Book Design

Interested in book design? This collection of stories showcases the best things about book design and tells you where to find out more if you'd like to get into book design in the UK. Visit us at too so you can stay up-to-date with all things arty and booky.


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  2. Let's start with a few groovy book vids to whet your appetite.

  3. The Making of a Book Cover: BLAMELESS, by Gail Carriger
  4. Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer

    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.

  6. Jim Stoddart

    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.

  7. Designing the (Penguin Classics)RED - Therese Raquin - Jim Stoddart
  8. Coralie Bickford-Smith

    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.

  9. Designing the (Penguin Classics)RED - The Secret Agent -Coralie Bickford-Smith
  10. David Pearson

    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!

  11. Sofia Design Week 2011: Book Covers by David Pearson
    Sofia Design Week 2011: Book Covers by David Pearson
  12. Stefanie Posavec

    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.

  13. Stefanie Posavec “On the Map” (
    Stefanie Posavec “On the Map” (
  14. Designing the (Penguin Classics)RED - Great Expectations- Stefanie Posavec
  15. Pick Me Up @ Somerset House - March 2011
    Pick Me Up @ Somerset House - March 2011
    Want to become a book designer? Here are a few links to courses, resources and opportunities for young designers in the UK.