Dezeen podcast: Penguin Covers Then and Now

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Dezeen podcast: in this podcast talk for the Design Museum in London, early Penguin Books designer David Pelham and former Penguin editor Judith Burnley discuss covers for publishers Penguin from the past and present, with current art director Jim Stoddart.


Above: Lost in the Fun House by John Barth. Cover by Eduardo Paolozzi

The podcast features extracts from a talk at the museum, chaired by Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic and entitled Penguin Covers Then and Now.


Above: In Transit by Brigid Brophy. Cover by Alan Jones, 1969.

The talk coincided with the Design Museum exhibition Alan Aldridge - The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes.


Above: The Penguin John Lennon. Cover by David Nutter, 1973.

Listen to Aldridge recounting stories from his career, including his work at Penguin Books, in our Alan Aldridge podcast talk.


Above: Creativity in Industry by P.R. Whitfield.

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Above: Mind the Stop by G.V. Carey. Cover by Alan Fletcher/Pentagram, 1976.

Here's some text from the Design Museum:


Over the decades Penguin has sustained a reputation for generating innovative and influential cover designs as seen in the work by Alan Aldridge in the 1960s.


Above: The Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten. Cover by David Pelham, 1988.

In this cross generational discussion, early Penguin designer David Pelham and former Penguin editor Judith Burnley will talk about the factors behind their particular Penguin heyday, to be compared with recent achievements and future direction described by current Art Director Jim Stoddart.


Above: Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse. Cover by Tony Meeuwissen, 1973.


Above: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Cover by Bentley/Farrell/Burnett, 1979.


Above: Smear by Geoffrey Allen and William Raynor. Cover by Luck and Flaw.


Above: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Cover by David Pelham, 1972.


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Above: Great Loves


Above: Gothic Horrors


Above: Design series


Above: Big Titles 2008


Above: Hardback Classics


Above: On the Road by Jack Kerouac


Above: Penguin Modern Classics template


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Posted on Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 10:40 am by Adrienne Penaloza. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • John Self

    Great stuff. I haven’t listened to the podcast yet but love the run of covers. Particularly interested to see the template for the new Modern Classics.