Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wishlist: Penguin by Design, 1935-2005

It's no secret that there are a LOT of books on my wishlist. I never give the family an actual list of books I want for holidays, so I create a wishlist and then buy books later with the gift cards or money I receive. In the coming weeks, I want to show you some of the books on my wishlist that I'm most excited about. Starting with this bad boy!


Rebecca is laughing right now because I am a complete #PenguinHo and a #CoverHo in general. I adore Penguin's design sensibilities, especially the Couture Deluxe Classics, Penguin English Library, and the Sherlock series, to name a few. For crying out loud, my fiance gave me a framed Penguin Threads cover for our anniversary! I am SERIOUS about Penguin design! 

Penguin by Design, 1935-2005 might be the number one book on my wishlist this season!
Ever since the creation of the first Penguin paperbacks in 1935, their jackets have become a constantly evolving part of Anglo-American culture and design history. By looking back at seventy years of Penguin paperbacks, graphic designer Phil Baines charts the development of British publishing, the ever-changing currents of cover art and style, and the role of artists and designers in creating and designing the Penguin look—including Penguins, Pelicans, Penguin Classics, and more. Rich with stunning illustrations and filled with details about individual titles, designers, and even the changing size and shape of the Penguin logo itself, Penguin by Design shows how covers become design classics.
What's on your wishlist? 





31 comments:

  1. Did you know that you can get penguin postcards? (http://www.amazon.com/Postcards-Penguin-Hundred-Book-Covers/dp/0141044667/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384947404&sr=8-1&keywords=penguin+postcards) I used these to make a couple framed art pieces for my house.

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    1. I do!!! I want them. I've been on the very verge of buying them before and I backed out. I will have them, and I will frame them and make a wall of 'em!

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  2. I hope your fiance reads your blog. ;)

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  3. Hahahaha you know me too well. The minute I saw the title/cover photo on Bloglovin, I said, "of course" (with a smile!).

    But seriously, if you don't get that book for the holidays, just treat yourself. You deserve it BookCoverHo! :P

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    1. LOL! I will totally treat myself to this book. I have about $40 of birthday money leftover, so this is the ticket.

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  4. BookCoverHo made me laugh. I don't EVER get books for gifts. I don't have but a couple of people that give me gifts and they think they are a waste of money. I get so many of them from yard sales and thrift stores that I don't really HAVE to have the newest ones but there are a few coming out next year that I will buy for myself as soon as they release.

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    1. Haha! I rarely do. People just don't know what to buy for me because I have SO many books. Plus, non-readers just don't see a book as a satisfying or worthwhile gift, I think. You said that! I just re-read and saw. Great minds. I have a hefty want list, but I'm so bad at reading books soon after they come out, I try to hold myself back.

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  5. That is hilarious! I hear ya! I love so many of the Penguin designs. Surprising thing happened this year, though. I ended up with a bajillion Vintage Classics on my wishlist as well.
    Maybe I can add a few orange AND red spines to my bookshelves this Christmas. :)

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    1. YES!!! BookTube is at fault for my new addiction to Vintage classics. If I have the choice I usually go for the Penguin, only because I think they're slightly better made. And this sounds weird, but I like the Penguin font better. I know. That's a very "old lady" comment. lol Obviously I can't buy Penguin English Library classics in the US, but I've been pretty tickled to see an increasingly large amount of the red-spined Vintage books in my local used bookstores.

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  6. Oooh, this looks like a fun read! I have the Penguin postcards, gifted to me by a friend who knows I: a) really freakin' love books; and b) really freakin' love postcards. It was pretty much the best gift ever. (And I love them so much, I haven't used a single one. I think I need to get a second set so I will actually mail some!)

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    1. I have been sooooo close to buying those postcards sooooo many times (again yesterday, as a matter of fact). I will have them!

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  7. I love, love Penguin Classics covers and this book seems really interesting! Design + books + Penguin? I MUST HAVE IT. Hahaha, Penguin designs are definitely a classic. It'll be interesting to see how they've changed and evolved over the years.

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    1. ME TOO! It's an unhealthy addiction, actually. lol

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  8. veyr nice. now it's going on my wish list too :)

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  9. It's like this one was made just for you!

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  10. I love the Penguin stuff! I bought the Penguin postcards and send them out to people as things happen in their lives (with corresponding book titles, of course). So much fun!

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    1. Gonna have those postcards. Yes ma'am. Gonna have 'em!

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  11. Ooh, those Couture Deluxe Classics are some nice looking books! How fun that you've found a book about a topic you're so excited about :)

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    1. Aren't they? I have a bunch of those and just adore them. There's much gazing at the Penguin shelf. lol

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  12. Wait...are there book lovers who don't obsess over book design from time to time? :)

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    1. Right? I probably do it more than the average bear, but I'm ok with that. lol

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  13. Well this is one my wishlist now! In my library I have a wall of about 30 small frames and they are filled with Penguin postcards of covers. You can see it at the post below...
    http://avidreader25.blogspot.com/2013/02/where-in-world-are-you-reading-comfy.html

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    1. SO AWESOME!!! Thank you for sharing your pics post!

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  14. Awesome pick. I love Penguin books, so I'll be sure to look out for this one! ;)

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    1. Thank you! Definitely gonna buckle and buy this one for myself for Christmas. hehe

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  15. Their designs are wonderful aren't they? I bought some paper from Paper Source that has Penguin vintage book covers and I want to make a book using that but I just don't know what kind of book to make. Must work on that one of these days! :)

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    1. They are just gorgeous! Definitely my favorites. And a book with books on the cover sounds HEAVENLY.

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