Penguin Great Ideas Cover Art – Series 4 Designs

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

The Penguin Great Ideas series is as much about the packaging and cover design as the contents themselves.  These 100 slim volumes (divided into five colour-coded collections of 20) compile some of the most important words ever written or spoken.  From speeches and essays to excerpts from larger works, each is selected for having “changed the world”.

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Cover designer David Pearson – with several other talented artists in tow – was clearly allowed to go nuts here.  Penguin seems to have given him complete creative control, allowing every design to be its own work of art.

Editor Simon Winder has a great little retrospective of the process on The Penguin Blog that’s well worth your time.  It really does seem like a labour of love for all concerned.

The below designs are the work of  David Pearson unless otherwise noted.  Others in this brilliant design team included Alistair Hall,  Catherine DixonJoe McLaren and Phil Baines.  (Have we omitted any names?  Please let us know in the comments section below!)

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching - Cover Design by David Pearson

Writings from the Zen Masters
Design by Alistair Hall

Writings from the Zen Masters (Penguin Great Ideas)

Utopia by Thomas More

Utopia book cover design

On Solitude by Michel de Montaigne
Design by Catherine Dixon

On Solitude Cover Design

On Power by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare Power Cover Design

Of the Abuse of Words by John Locke

John Locke Book Cover Design

Consolation in the Face of Death by Samuel Johnson

Consolation in the Face of Death Cover Design

An Answer to the Question: ‘What is Enlightenment’ by Immanuel Kant

Kant Enlightenment Cover Design

The Executioner by Joseph de Maistre

Joseph de Maistre - Exectioner Book Cover

Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey
Design by Joe McLaren

Thomas de Quincey - Confessions Book Cover

The Horrors and Absurdities of Religion by Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenbauer Enlightenment book design

The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Revolution and War by Karl Marx

Karl Marx Revolution and War Cover Design

The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Grand Inquisitor Book Cover

On Certain Blindness in Human Beings by William James
Design by Phil Baines

William James - On a Certain Blindness Cover Design

An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson

An Apology for Idlers - Book Cover Art

Of the Dawn of Freedom by W.E.B. Du Bois

On the Dawn of Freedom Cover Art

Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid by Virginia Woolf

Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid Cover Art

Decline of the English Murder by George Orwell

Orwell Decline Cover Art

Why Look at Animals? by John Berger
Design by Joe McLaren and David Pearson

Why Look at Animals - Book Cover Art

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