Penguin exhibits at the Ditchling Museum

A design by the artist Elizabeth Friedlander - Courtesy Ditchling Museum

Following contributions from the Hiscox Collection and Fleming Wyfold Foundation at our “Art, Investment and Cities” Forum, we spoke to the Managing Director of Penguin General, Joanna Prior, about her passion for artworks based around typography and the publisher’s championing of outstanding young design talent.

Joanna curates Penguin’s special collection of pictures and limited edition prints which include works by Tom Phillips and Sir Peter Blake, and these are hung so they can be enjoyed by all the workforce in the Strand, London.

Since Penguin was founded by Allen Lane and his brothers in 1935 the books have spread ideas, education, literature and culture throughout the western world and beyond, and the covers have evolved from a limited palette of colours and type-faces to a platform for ingenious design by the best designers.

Banksy design for Penguin Essentials (Courtesy Design Week)