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Books, Design and Culture

August 25, 2015
by Dan
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The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

At the Penguin blog, the remarkable Coralie Bickford-Smith talks about The Fox and the Star, a new book she has written, illustrated and designed: The inspiration comes from a place of personal experience that I wanted to document. It’s a life … Continue reading

March 6, 2012
by Dan
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Edith Wharton Designs by Megan Wilson

Two more beautiful cover designs for Vintage by Megan Wilson: The House of Mirth and Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. The William Morris wallpaper is a lovely touch.

June 8, 2011
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

A little late on this, but 50 Watts has posted the winners of  Polish Book Cover contest. Will Schofield’s co-judges were Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński, editors of 1000 Polish Book Covers, and Peter Mendelsund. All the amazing entries are here. … Continue reading

September 15, 2009
by Dan
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Q & A with Coralie Bickford-Smith, Penguin Press

Coralie Bickford-Smith was one of the first book designers I mentioned on The Casual Optimist and her distinctive cover designs have featured regularly ever since. While Coralie’s work for Penguin clearly draws inspiration from the Arts & Crafts Movement and … Continue reading

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