John Curtis was a bridge

How cover design was freed from monotonous typography This handsome cover, designed by John Curtis, gets a lot of impact … More

English Journeys

Historic journeys in England and Englishness English Journeys is a series of twenty elegantly designed paperbacks that celebrate the English … More

The Australian Sun rises

How Australia’s Sun Books started in the 1960s Sun Books was a new Australian paperback enterprise that was launched in … More

The First Years of Pan

The vivid covers of Penguin’s biggest competitor What was Penguin’s main competition in the British paperback market during the so-called … More

R.I.P Romek Marber

On March 30, Romek Marber died at the great age of 94. He had a long and admired career in … More

Penguin’s Grunge Essentials

Penguin’s design renaissance In 1998, Penguin awoke from decades of slumber to regain its reputation for good cover design. One … More

Hard Edge Penguins

     Covers by Germano Facetti, 1972 and Martin Bassett, 1973 In the 1960s and 70s, Pelican books, Penguin’s non-fiction arm, … More

Art and the Modern Classics

In the 1960s, Penguin art director Germano Facetti revised the cover design for Penguin Modern Classics. He wanted a bold, … More