Jan Tschichold’s design for Penguin Scores 1949

Penguin Scores no. 3: 1949

23/11/10 – A selection of examples from the Penguin Scores series designed by Jan Tschichold in 1949. The series used a horizontal version of Penguin’s larger B size with typography set in Garamond and background patterns by Stephen Russ, Elizabeth Friedlander, Barbara Lambourne, and many others.

Penguin Scores no. 8: 1950
Penguin Scores no. 10: 1951
Penguin Scores no. 16: 1952
Penguin Scores no. 17: 1952
Penguin Scores no. 18: 1953
Penguin Scores no. 21: 1953
Penguin Scores no. 22: 1954
Penguin Scores no. 27: 1954
Penguin Scores no. 30: 1956

Sources and related information
For more on the design and history of Penguin Books, see Penguin by design: A cover story 1935-2005 and Seven hundred penguins in the bibliography.

Information about the work of Stephen Russ//

Penguin covers on Flickr//

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