Puffin by Design: 70 Years of Imagination, 1940-2010
Late in 1939 a chance meeting between Penguin founder, Allen Lane, and natural history publisher, Noel Carrington, changed the future of children's publishing with the formation of a series called Puffin Picture Books. The first four titles appeared in 1940 and the series quickly established a reputation for presenting children's non-fiction in a unique blend of editing and design. Puffin Story Books soon followed with the publication of Worzel Gummidge in 1941 and, like the original launch of Penguin itself, these story books appeared in the three horizontal stripe design.
Looking back at seventy years of Puffin paperbacks, Phil Baines charts the development of Puffin and the role of illustrators and designers in creating and defining the identity of the Puffin list from the very first picture book through to modern day. Rich with stunning cover and inside illustrations, and filled with detail of individual titles, Phil discusses the changes in typography, illustration and printing techniques over Puffin's spectacular 70-year history.
An extraordinary and beautiful book, this is a perfect companion to Penguin By Design.
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Review: Puffin By Design: 70 Years of Imagination 1940 - 2010User Review - Shallowreader VaVeros - Goodreads
Another excellent book on understanding cover designs by Phil Baines. Read full review
Review: Puffin By Design: 70 Years of Imagination 1940 - 2010User Review - Yellowoasis - Goodreads
Superb book tracing the history of the design of Puffin Books. Just brilliant. What I particularly love about this book is that it is not afraid to be critical of design decisions. What a wonderful world we live in where people care about books for children and how they are designed. Read full review