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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Coralie Bickford-Smith. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Coralie Bickford-Smith, often where they are interviewed.

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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Coralie Bickford-Smith. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Coralie Bickford-Smith, often where they are interviewed.

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Ep.13 Coralie Bickford-Smith

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Coralie Bickford-Smith talks about designing book covers, understanding the needs of an author being an author herself, the professional challenges she faces and more, on iCafe's Book Lounge.
What we covered :
inspiration of nature on designers
setting up a career in book cover designing
cover designing process and the briefs served
preferred genre
professional challenges
understanding authors while designing stories
the awards and life goals
Apr 29 2020 · 21mins
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The CR Podcast episode 32: The best and worst of Coralie Bickford-Smith

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Coralie Bickford-Smith has had something of a double career. On the one hand she is a book cover designer with Penguin. She has been at the publisher for 17 years, working with Penguin's art director Jim Stoddart, and has created many distinctive titles for the brand, perhaps most significantly its Cloth Bound Classics series.

Alongside this work, she has also written and illustrated three books. The first, The Fox and the Star, was a huge success on its release in 2015, winning the Waterstone's Book of the Year award. Bickford-Smith's books feature exquisite illustration and design, making them charming for both children and adults.

With all this success, you might think Bickford-Smith's career has been a dream. Yet in her conversation with CR's editor Eliza Williams on the podcast she also discusses the difficulties she had finding her way into being a designer, and other challenges – including a dread of public speaking – that she has had to overcome along the way.
Mar 16 2020 · 33mins

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Coralie Bickford-Smith (Season 2, Episode 1)

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In this episode Holly Dunn interviews designer / author / illustrator and all-around brilliant creative, Coralie Bickford-Smith. Topics discussed include Coralie's breaking into the publishing industry, the creation of a few of her covers, and how she came to write and illustrate The Fox And The Star, and The Worm And The Bird.

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Music: Sweet Berry Wine, Blue Wednesday.
Jul 17 2018 · 1hr 2mins
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69 | A Chat With Coralie Bickford-Smith

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This week, I’m joined by Coralie Bickford-Smith, who works in house at Penguin Books as a book cover designer and has also written and illustrated the beautiful children’s picture books, The Fox and the Star and The Worm and the Bird. Coralie has an impeccable eye for colour and pattern, and she’s responsible for the gorgeous covers of so many of my most-loved Penguin series, including their Clothbound Classics, the Penguin English Library paperbacks and the pocket-sized Great Food series.

In today’s interview, I ask Coralie about how she got started at Penguin, the creative process behind her designs, where she goes when she’s seeking inspiration and so much more.

It was lots of fun to chat to Coralie, and I know this episode will be fascinating for anyone interested in beautiful books and superb design.

Listen to learn more about what it takes to design memorable book covers.

Read the show notes and get all the links: teaandtattlepodcast.com/home/69

Get in touch!

Email: teaandtattlepodcast@gmail.com

Instagram: Find Miranda at @mirandasnotebook and @mirandasbookcase

If you enjoy the show, please do leave a rating and review in iTunes, as good ratings really help other people to find the podcast. Thank you!
Apr 17 2018 · 29mins

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Creative Lives: Coralie Bickford-Smith, author, illustrator and book designer

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Of the many full time book designers working at Penguin Random House, Coralie Bickford-Smith has managed to build a reputation that now exists independently of the iconic publishing house. We met up with her recently to talk about how she’s been able to balance in-house, freelance and personal work across design, illustration and writing, and the biggest challenges she's encountered along the way.

Since joining the Penguin Random House team in 2002, Coralie has been behind some of the best-loved designs to emerge in recent years; namely her work on the clothbound classics series. Created using age-old techniques, the books are Defined by their pared back, pattern-based covers in minimal colour palettes. while most hardback editions last for a year’s print run before becoming paperbacks, many of Coralie’s designs are still available in their original format, 11 years later – a testament to their tireless popularity.

Coralie’s knowledge of historic book design processes date back to her student days at the university of reading, where she earned a degree in typography and graphic communication. Fearing that pursuing a career in book design would limit her options further down the line, she started out in commercial design at an agency. We hear her reflect on her journey, and her wisdom for budding designers.


This episode of Creative Lives was was presented by Indi Davies and the editor was Ivor Manly. Lecture in Progress is made possible with the support of a number of brand patrons – they include GF Smith, Squarespace and The Paul Smith Foundation. Check out lectureinprogress.com for more details.
Jan 25 2018 · 14mins