We publish some of the world’s best writing, so we take great care of our books. That means paying special attention to their design, which begins with our logo: lyrical, expressive and playful, it has a sense of movement and fluidity—helped by the curvaceous lines and the ligature of the two P’s.
Book design means a lot more than making a book look good. It should be an appeal to (or, if you like, a seduction of) the prospective reader, a manifestation of the qualities of the writing, a primer of expectations. A book should feel right in the hand, and present itself, and its text, well to the eye.
That means that the details matter: not only the cover design and illustrators, but the paper, the binding, the typeface inside, the positioning of the textblock and a dozen more details.
So we work hard to get it right, with great book designers like David Pearson, Clare Skeats and Nathan Burton. And when we do get it right, each of our books should be a beautiful object you want to keep forever. And it should disappear completely as you read.
The Pushkin Collection was redesigned in 2012, and the spare, elegant series style makes the most of each new book’s specially commissioned cover illustration.
Designed by David Pearson and Clare Skeats, the series has a beautifully crafted arrangement of the modern and traditional which is both confident and accessible (as in, for example, the cover typeface—Johnston, a sans serif which refers, with its classical proportions, directly to inscriptions). The new template is an effective demonstration of design being used to sensitively refine what already existed and what Pushkin’s loyal readers already loved. The addition of the border allows for quite radical illustrations by holding them firmly in place.
The Collection is typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken Premium White Paper and notch-bound by the independently owned printer TJ International in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are printed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper. Both paper and cover board are acid-free and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
Our books feature beautiful, specially-commissioned work by illustrators both established and up-and-coming, working in all kinds of materials and styles, and from all across the world.
Here are some of the wonderful illustrators we’ve been working with:
Tom Clohosy Cole