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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Coralie Bickford-Smith

One of my favorite Web sites, Design*Sponge, did an interview with Coralie Bickford-Smith back in October. Bickford-Smith is a senior cover designer at Penguin Books and has received a number of awards for her design work.

The designs that originally caught my eye were for the new Penguin Classics. One of the reasons I think these covers are so successful is their cloth binding. I just find cloth binding to be far classier than the more recently popular paper jacket.

Bickford-Smith designed each cover using simple patterns that have a conformed look but unique patterns to appropriately fit the story they enclose. In an interview with The Penguin Blog, Bickford-Smith said "I have a real enthusiasm for pattern design so I was obsessed by this project. I wanted to create sumptuous books for people to enjoy, cherish and pass on."

This great designer has also created covers for the Arabian Nights series that look pretty similar to her classics.  

In her Penguin Blog interview, the designer revealed her  favorite in the series was Crime and Punishment.

Choosing a favorite myself was pretty difficult but of the books I have read, I think the design for Homer's The Odyssey is gorgeous.

Bickford-Smith also utilized pattern design for her work on Penguin's Gothic Horror series.

All of Coralie Bickford-Smith's work is stunning and encapsulates everything I love about book cover design.  I can't wait to see what she releases next.


LPrecords said...

I'm so glad you are doing this blog, Alaina. It's so very YOU, coming from someone who has spent much time cover-hunting with you at Grounds.

PS, I love the covers in this post.

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