books

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Today, Penguin book cover designer Coralie Bickford-Smith publishes her first illustrated book, The Fox and the Star, a tale of love, loss and self-discovery. Here, she reveals how she came to make it and how her skills with pattern, colour and shape helped inform its pages

Pushkin Press launches Vertigo crime series

Next month Pushkin Press launches its new Vertigo imprint, dedicated to republishing crime classics from 1920 to 1970. The series has a range of suitably dizzying cover designs created by Jamie Keenan and, here, he explains the thinking behind the bold typographic direction

The original illustrated Animal Farm

Penguin is republishing the 1954 illustrated edition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, complete with drawings by Joy Batchelor and John Halas whose work on the animated film version of the story helped bring the writer’s novel to a new audience

The School of Art

Teal Triggs, Associate Dean at the Royal College of Art, has teamed up with illustrator Daniel Frost to create a charming new children’s book which offers an illustrated introduction to art and design.

Gradwatch: Ailsa Johnson

This month, we’ve teamed up with Creative Translation to put work by 20 visual communications students and graduates on JC Decaux billboards across the UK. One of those graduates is Ailsa Johnson, whose portfolio includes some charming food based prints and children’s picture books…

Penguin By Hand covers

Six of Penguin’s most popular recent fiction titles have been redesigned as a set with new craft-inspired covers. The Penguin By Hand series makes use of embroidery, crochet and quilting, with each technique further evoked on paper through the use of some serious embossing

The future of St Bride Library

Over the last few days speculation about the future of the much-loved St Bride Library in London has intensified. Last night, St Bride CEO Glyn Farrow addressed some of the concerns on the Foundation’s website. While he stated that both the library and workshop are set to close for the time being, the valuable collections will be ‘moth-balled’ until the institution’s financial situation improves

There are many ways to make a photobook

Self Publish, Be Happy, the London-based outfit which celebrates the art of the self-published photobook, is holding a special project space at the Offprint art publishing fair at Tate Modern this weekend. It aims to inspire visitors to have a go at making their own books – using all manner of photographic processes

Technical Ecstasy: Hipgnosis Portraits

Famed for its surrealist sleeve design, Hipgnosis also took rock portraiture into altered states. In our recent May issue, Adrian Shaughnessy reviews a recently published book exploring the enduring influence of Hipgnosis imagery.

The CR Annual 2015 – Best in Book

Here are this year’s Best in Book – those projects deemed by our judges to be of special merit selected from our showcase of outstanding work in visual communications over the past year

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Middleweight Designer

Speciality Drinks
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Creative Designer

Euro Packaging
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Project Managers

Silverlining Furniture Limited