Wednesday, 1 December 2010

particularly pretty penguins pt. 7

I know I’m kind of repeating myself here, but in honour of World Aids Day, which happens to be today, I cant help but show off some new specially designed Penguin RED covers. And no, Im still not being sponsored by Penguin Classics, but Id very much like to be. I thought Id present the brilliant designers this time too, starting with the Silas Marner cover above.

Designer: Jenny Grigg

What else do you associate with the colour red?

”Roses are red, red rag to a bull, passion, anger, heat, warmth, PMS 485 from my time as a magazine art director. My favourite red is ’chinese lacquer red’.”

Designer: Jonny Hannah

What else do you associate with the colour red?

”My favourite 50’s flannel shirt. Hammer horrors. A colour I can’t screenprint without. Robert Burns’ poems.

Sorry, no info about the designer for this cover. It’s still awesome, so kudos to whoever made it!

Designer: Caseroom Press: Barrie Tullett & Philippa Wood

What else do you associate with the colour red?

”I always think back to Chip Kidds’ comment about his design for the book Disclosure (based on a quote by Ivan Chermayeff), ’When in doubt, make it red. If you’re still in doubt, make it big and red.’”

When you buy these beautiful books (that are of course also an excellent selection of classics everyone should read at some point in their lives), 50% of the profit will be donated to the Global Fund to help eliminate Aids in Africa. As a rather special treat you can also download three of the covers in high resolution FOR FREE, to print out on your own and maybe use as the most beautiful christmas decorations ever. You can find them here, where you will also find more information about the previously published editions and some of their designers. Knock yourselves out with great design!

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