BE MY COVER: A Conversation with Acclaimed Penguin Random House Book Cover Designers
Monday May 14: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Penguin Random House celebrates its heritage and creativity internationally through the designs of its book covers, which are at the heart of the company’s tradition of enduring quality and visual innovation. An exhibit of 100 of Penguin Random House's notable book covers, created by a select group of designers and art directors in the US and UK over the past 10 years, is being presented in a special “Be My Cover” exhibit.
Acting within the cultural and visual communication of its time the curated work represents a rich variety of styles and trends in book cover design worldwide.
To celebrate the exhibition, acclaimed designers Peter Mendelsund, Jaya Miceli, Oliver Munday, and Helen Yentus will discuss their design experience with the publishing company, moderated by curators Fabrizio La Rocca and Roberto Maria Clemente
Peter Mendelsund is the author of What We See When We Read (Vintage Books, 2016), Cover (Powerhouse Books 2016), the novel Same Same, (Vintage Books, February 2019) and Art at the Edges of Literature (Ten Speed Press September 2019). He has worked as a dishwasher, a bookstore clerk, a classical pianist, and an Art Director. He was formerly with Alfred A. Knopf, where some of his most iconic covers included: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; collections of the works of Joyce, Kafka, Dostoevsky, de Beauvoir, and Foucault; the contemporary works of Martin Amis, Tom McCarthy, Ben Marcus, Jo Nesbø, and James Gleick; and many more.
Jaya Miceli is the art director for Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. She is a graduate of Parson’s School of Design and was formerly an Art Director for the Penguin Publishing Group. Some of her covers for Penguin Random House include Little Fires Everywhere, A Separation, Girl on the Train and Into the Water.
Oliver Munday is a graphic designer living and working in New York City. His work has been recognized by many of the major design publications including Communication Arts, TDC, Young Guns 7 and AIGA 50/50. He was named one of PRINT magazine's "20 under 30" in the new visual artists review. He was formerly an Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and has been running an independent design studio for the last decade. His monograph Don't Sleep will be published by Rizzoli in April 2018/
Helen Yentus is the Art Director of Riverhead Books. She has been designing book covers for over a decade, and her work has been featured in Print Magazine, Graphis, Communication Arts, The Creative Review, as well as by the AIGA, the Society of Illustrators, the Type Directors Club, and The London Design Museum. She has been named as one of PRINT Magazine's "20 under 30" and has received an Art Director's Club Silver Award of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design.