This site explores the graphic design of Penguin book covers, with a focus on series editions. Penguin cover design is of such high standard that it constitutes a history of design and illustration in itself and is worthy of examination as visual art.
Penguin has had various categories of publication: fiction, crime, sci-fi, poetry etc, and within these, printings have been made with particular design themes. An art director would set the parameters for a series, and a designer or illustrator would create variations of a visual idea for the individual titles.
The covers presented on this site are from my own collection of more than 1100 Penguins spanning the history of the company back to 1935.
My name is Greg Neville. I am an art, design and photography teacher at a polytechnic in Melbourne, Australia.