Design Inspiration: Embroidered Penguin Classics Book Covers by Illustrator Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki, an illustrator/cartoonist who has done all sorts of exciting projects for clients like The New York Times, Esquire, and The New Yorker, has been commissioned to develop these beautiful book covers for Penguin Classics using embroidery. According to Rebecca Greenfield of The Atlantic, Tamaki sketched the illustrations before stitching these designs with a needle and thread, but the final covers will be sculpt-embossed to maintain some of the tactile texture of the original thread designs.

Check out photos of the  book covers for Jane Austen’s Emma, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, and Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty on Tamaki’s Sketchblog (click here).

Book design and publication design is one aspect of the Graphic Design program at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Magazine. Check out some of the new portfolios from FIDM’s most recently graduated Graphic Design students, like this one from Brittany Javalera for more examples of book cover inspiration.

Tamaki Black Beauty Book Cover

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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