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Designer Q & A’s Round One


Monday’s interview with Paul Buckley wrapped up the first round of my Q & A’s with book designers. I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the designers who have participated in the series and I’ve had some great correspondence from designers and non-designers alike who have read the posts. I owe a lot of people a lot of thanks. Thank you. But now the fall book season is well and truly under way now and there’s going to be a (hopefully) short hiatus before the second round of Q & A’s start.

As with round one, I’m hoping to talk to designers who are in different stages of their careers and whose work is interesting and distinctive. I’m very excited about the designers who have already agreed to answer my questions, and I have some ideas about other designers who I’d love to be involved.

Suffice to say it should be good (fingers crossed) — it’s just going to take a little time — so I hope you can be patient while I try and set things up (and juggle life and the day job).

In the meantime, here’s a recap of the great designers I spoke to this summer:

Nate Salciccioli, designer, The DesignWorks Group

Ingsu Liu, VP Art Director, W.W. Norton and Co.

Ingrid Paulson, designer,  Ingrid Paulson Design

Michel Vrana, designer, Black Eye Design

Alex Camlin, Creative Director, Da Capo Press

Coralie Bickford Smith, Senior Designer, Penguin Press

Paul Buckley, VP Executive Creative Director,  Penguin US

And these two older interviews might also be of interest if you missed them:

Ben Pieratt and Eric Jacobsen, dudes, The Book Cover Archive

Ellen Lupton, designer, writer, editor, educator, Design Writing Research


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  1. Dan, these interviews are wonderful. I’ve managed to do exactly one at the BDR; I don’t know how you find the energy and time to do such a thoughtful job with them. Thanks for doing them.

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  3. Thanks Joseph — I appreciate it. You do a great job with the BDR – Don’t change a thing.

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