This site is a graphic exploration of my collection of some 1300 Penguin books. Cover design at Penguin has been of such high standard that it constitutes a history of design, illustration and typography and is worthy of examination as visual art.
The site explores the graphic design of Penguin covers, with a focus on series editions. Penguin has had various categories of publication: fiction, crime, sci-fi, poetry etc, and within these, printings have been made with particular design themes. An art director would set the parameters for a series, and a designer or illustrator would create variations of a visual idea for the individual titles.
My name is Greg Neville. I have been an art, design and photography teacher for many years at various art colleges in Melbourne, Australia.