Books – Took original books

Here are some general books I took to analyse between photograph, illustration, colour, font, texture, layout and apparence.

Normally at the front cover book the title book it’s located at the top middle or in the middle along the publisher name as the background colour are match with the illustration or photography.

The spine book there is also different ways to locate the name of the book and the publisher where it does shows its on vertical or horizontal it depends with what typeface its used and also using the logo on the top or the bottom.

Back cover book it has always the book blurb that can be linked to a design on the back if it has if not it’s alone in the middle or on the left side, always using the information paper, bar code and price of the book.


Inspiration examples Silhouette penguin cover and spine books

From my research I have come with a several of books penguin covers and all this examples really inspired me to do an “silhouette illustration” for my book cover design.

For example on the first, second and third image are kind of an illustration, print, and silhouette image with a green background to stand out the image using a classic layout using a black and white font where it does seems to be a smaller font but it means to understand the image and title at the same time.

Forth book cover it’s a classic book using a cut out photograph with a visible white print on top of the red background which looks simple but creative too combining with the title and the penguin logo on the left hand side.

The next 3 blue books examples are my favorites because as I said for my final I would like to experience something with outline or a silhouette illustration.

These books seems to gives the curiosity and mysterious showing a white illustrated girl in the middle of the front book cover with big large font at the bottom of the “white illustrate girl” and the name of the publisher on the middle top.

On the spine has the name of the publisher and the title of the book all in vertical including the penguin logo at the bottom of the writing.

For the back cover blurb it’s central and right along the illustrated image but don’t seems to be match for my opinion I would rather to have a nature design but I agree with the colour font that suits with the front cover book.

For the last 3 books examples in a white background with a print and illustrated image seems to be interesting and delicate as the title of the book. I love the way it’s created and using the illustration till the spine and back cover using three font colours as red, white and black which stands out all together.

The last image seems to be an silhouette images in black located in the middle of the front cover with a large font white title and the publisher at the bottom of the image including the logo on the right hand side.

This means that logo and title and the publisher name can be change in any position as long its clear and accurate with the image position.

Classic Penguin cover books, spine and logo

These books are some of the classic penguin cover books where you can see the colour and the illustration cover and spine for example on the first image there are 10 coloured books with the difference of tag name typography on each side of the spine book which I think gives the difference appearance of each book.

On the spine it also has the penguin logo which looks a bit wider and bigger than the modern ones as you can see on the second image there is some steps how the logo penguin has been done. Spencer sez, “This guy is a former Penguin Books designer who’s posted a couple of collections of images that are downright mouthwatering if, like most designers, you’re a fan of Penguin Books’ design.”

For the final outcome of one of the classic books on the third image are the simple and popular in 1949 non-fiction at an affordable price, sixpence in pre-decimal money.

All I know it’s that paperbacks at the time had a low reputation, generally considered to be dirty or rubbish, but they agreed to go ahead. With the help of his brothers Dick and John went about the project and eventually settled on the name called “Penguin books”.

Eschewing the illustrated gaudiness of other paperback publishers, Penguin opted for the simple appearance of three horizontal bands, the upper and lower of which were colour-coded according to which series the title belonged to; this is sometimes referred to as the horizontal grid. In the central white panel, the author and title were printed in Gill Sans and in the upper band was a cartouche with the legend “Penguin Books”. The initial design was created by the then twenty-one-year-old office junior Edward Young, who also drew the first version of the Penguin logo. Series such as Penguin Specials and The Penguin Shakespeare had individual designs (by 1937 only S1 and B1-B18 had been published).

The colour schemes included: orange and white for general fiction, green and white for crime fiction, cerise and white for travel and adventure, dark blue and white for biographies, yellow and white for miscellaneous, red and white for drama; and the rarer purple and white for essays and belles lettres and grey and white for world affairs. Lane actively resisted the introduction of cover images for several years. Some recent publications of literature from that time have duplicated the original look.

Fourth and fifth image are one of a classic examples books illustrated from front cover to the spine book having a outline from the illustration print with a small and thin font.

On the last image are some classic and modern book covers with only illustration and colourful where the logo penguin its settled in the middle of the illustration.

About penguin books

Penguin CMYK.20mm

Penguin Books is a publisher founded in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane. Penguin revolutionised publishing in the 1930s through its high quality, inexpensive paperbacks, sold through Woolworths and other high street stores for sixpence. Penguin’s success demonstrated that large audiences existed for serious books. Penguin also had a significant impact on public debate in Britain, through its books on politics, the arts, and science.