Author Archives: Peter Terzian

Interview with David Pearson

— Five years ago, Penguin Books launched the Great Ideas series, which excerpted world-changing works of philosophy and belle lettres packaged as pocket-sized paperbacks. The typographic covers, designed by David Pearson, then a recent graduate of Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, were nothing short of dazzling, with lettering contemporaneous...

Kill Your Darlings

It may be, as offline readership continues to decline, that the mere fact of a bound, printed book with a paper dust jacket is something to celebrate. But every book jacket designer has at least one that got away—a fresh, inventive cover that was shot down en route to the bookstore shelf. These “lost”...

What a Gentleman!

— Above: Photograph of book covers by Joel Voelker IN 2006, THE BRITISH designer David Gentleman blanketed London’s Parliament Square with 1,000 large paper cards, each one holding 100 splatters of blood-red ink. This installation, a protest against 100,000 lives lost in the Iraq war, was a stark new turn for the veteran artist,...

Phil Lubliner

  Phil Lubliner’s world is layered with language. In his illustrations as well as his fine-art installations, a lexicon of evocative words—“soapy,” “frontier,” “lightning,” “rice”—falls out of the sky, flashes from electric signs, and floats on the surface of the American landscape. Hand-drawn or molded from clay, each word has a personality made manifest...

Fwis

  At first, Chris Papasadero and Ben Pieratt—the design team known as Fwis, a randomly picked name from an algorithm of all possible four-letter words—come across as just another pair of talented artists who have put together a lively portfolio of book jackets, album covers, and identity work. Spend an hour with them, though,...