Books as Objects
A model of good design
In celebration of SCP’s collaboration with Penguin, we take a look at some of their classic paperback designs. Thinking about books as objects.
At an early stage in this project, we were slightly surprised when the people at Penguin let us in on a secret, that although things had changed, for a long time in publishing circles the idea of a “book as object” had been thought a bit of an unsavoury idea. The implication being that the important stuff was between the covers, not on them.
At SCP, we come at everything from a design perspective, so the idea of a book as object is entirely natural to us. That book may or may not contain a work of literary genius, but it will always occupy a space in a very particular way, and it is of great importance how it does that.