Facetti as printmaker

Germano Facetti designer of science Pelican book using overprinting spot colours                                                           Germano Facetti was the art director who helped turn around Penguin’s fortunes in the early 1960s when he commissioned illustrated covers across the brand. He was a talented visual artist who could design, illustrate and art direct a team of researchers and cover designers

When he arrived in Britain in 1950, Facetti was not a graphic designer. His career had been more in the spirit of the Bauhaus, with a basis in architecture. He was a non-specialist. (www.eyemagazine.com)

Facetti’s art direction is well known but he also made many individual covers himself. Some of his best work appeared on the Pelican imprint, which he described as “the layman’s non-academic university.” Among these covers are some that use antique engravings and woodcuts with colour overprinting in a kind of printmaking aesthetic.

Pelican cover design by Facetti using overprinting……..Pelican book cover by Germano Facetti using old engraving and overprinting

Offset printing, the industrial technology used for printing large volumes such as Pelican books, is itself a variant of lithography. That branch of printmaking enables layers in different designs or colours to be over-printed onto a single substrate. Facetti used the offset machines to create these layered artworks on the covers. Design is art for the masses.

facetti-pelican-7…….facetti-pelican-10.…………facetti-pelican-cover-2////.facetti-pelican-9

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