Hagen VerlegerTypography & Book Design

Project Suhrkamp

Redesigning Suhrkamp
Suhrkamp Taschenbuch, Edition Suhrkamp digital, Suhrkamp Basisbibliothek, Insel Taschenbuch Liebesgedichte
Edition Suhrkamp digital, Insel Taschenbuch Liebesgedichte, Suhrkamp Taschenbuch, Suhrkamp Basisbibliothek
Insel Taschenbuch Liebesgedichte, Suhrkamp Basisbibliothek, Edition Suhrkamp digital, Suhrkamp Taschenbuch
Suhrkamp Taschenbuch, detail
Suhrkamp Taschenbuch
Suhrkamp Basisbibliothek
Suhrkamp Basisbibliothek, detail
Insel Taschenbuch Liebesgedichte
Insel Taschenbuch Liebesgedichte, detail
Edition Suhrkamp digital, day mode
Edition Suhrkamp digital, night mode
Insel Taschenbuch
Insel Taschenbuch, detail
Suhrkamp Basisbiographie
Suhrkamp Basisbiographie, detail
Die blauen Insel-Bücher
Die blauen Insel-Bücher, detail
Suhrkamp Studienbibliothek
Suhrkamp Studienbibliothek, detail

Inspired by two of my favourite publishing houses—Suhrkamp, and Insel—I started to redesign some of their book series.

On the one hand, the new designs are an obvious bow to the iconic covers Willy Fleckhaus and Rolf Staudt created for Suhrkamp—some of which have, alas, been discontinued in recent years.

And on the other hand, they are questioning profit-driven paradigms in contemporary commercial book cover design by abolishing all imagery—and replacing it with content-related colour schemes and patterns, or even with the book’s actual first page of text set on the cover.

Finally, a reinterpretation of Suhrkamp’s and Insel’s logos completes the picture.

Note/disclaimer: This is a self-initiated design project I was NOT commissioned to do. All rights for the texts are with Suhrkamp/Insel and the respective authors.