As a cutting-edge visual publisher, we felt that it is time to make a statement towards the ubiquitous debate about the impending death of print. We simply couldn’t disagree more! Our recent book Fully Booked: Ink on Paper celebrates the physical expression of print storytelling, glorifies non-digital, and takes pride in featuring print products at the vanguard of a new era for printed publications. Young contemporary designers, publishers, and editors are embracing the debate and taking this opportunity to design and conceptualize the book as a physical object more than ever. Combined with the vision and imagination of a designer and publisher, book design becomes not just an illustration of the story, but also a vital element of the narrative self.
In conjunction with the international group show Fully Booked: Ink on Paper, Gestalten invites you to an evening with the critically acclaimed book designer Coralie Bickford-Smith from Penguin Books, one of the most renowned publishing houses worldwide.
Coralie Bickford-Smith will relate her ‘life in a bookshelf,’ outlining the progression of her career and explaining how she designs book covers through a sequence of books that have influenced her life and made her career such a success.
Robert Klanten, Gestalten’s publisher will then give a brief presentation about Fully Booked and highlight some of the most striking examples that are pushing the boundaries of conventional book design. A conversation with Coralie Bickford-Smith will follow.
A selection of books designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith from Penguin’s Clothbound Classics series are available for sale and showcased in the exhibition Fully Booked: Ink on Paper at Gestalten Space.
This event will be held in English.
About the host
Coralie Bickford-Smith graduated from Reading University after studying typography and graphic communication. She currently works in-house at Penguin Books. The work she has done with Penguin Classics on the Clothbound Classics series attracted worldwide attention, with sumptuous materials and traditional Victorian binding—features that recall the golden age of bookmakers’ craft. Her book covers have been recognized by the AIGA (NY) and D&AD (UK) and have featured in a numerous international magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Vogue and The Guardian.