The senior cover designer for Penguin Books, Coralie Bickford-Smith, is one of the best book designers working today. The new set of F. Scott Fitzgerald books with the art deco foil covers are her design. So are the clothbound Penguin classics. Did I mention the boys' adventure series or the gothic horror series or the Sherlock Holmes series? Oh, and she does designs for towels that are to dry for. In her spare time she is working on a cure for cancer (O.K., I made that up).
Coralie discusses her design philosophy with the 99% blog:
Color is vitally important – the right combination can make a good design utterly compelling. I like to use a limited palette in a lot of my designs, something I became hooked on at university. We were encouraged to design within constraints and make a virtue out of it, which is one of the most valuable lessons I've learned.
For more on Ms. Bickford-Smith, check out this fantastic interview with Karen Horton at Design Related or her interview with the Cambridge University student newspaper, or watch her in this video describing how she designed the cover for Joseph Conrad's, Secret Agent. If you are visually inclined—and I suspect you are—Alan Trotter draws her out at ≥.
Coralie Bickford-Smith is one talented woman. And her cover designs...lovely, just lovely!