The joy of reading

‘That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you on to a third book. It’s geometrically progressive.'

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

It's Nice That

 It's Nice That asked me to show my top 5 publications of the moment and I broke the rules by choosing 6 . . .

Just Trade

A while ago I drew some animals for my friends at Just trade to make into brooches, earrings and necklaces. Just Trade are incredible, they make a real difference to people in the developing world. Click here to have a look at what they 
get up to.

'We work collaboratively on the design of our products with the artisans who make them. By teaching the fundamentals of design, we give the artisans that we work with the tools to take an active part in the product development process, encouraging a sense of pride and ownership in their work.'

The animals I drew were then hand made in Quito, Ecudor by Olga and her family who are part of a nationwide group of World Fair Trade Organisation producers. They are hand carved from a single tagua nut, a seed from a type of Palm that grows in South American rainforests.



V&A Clothbound

This clothbound edition of The Pearl is published on the occasion of the major V&A exhibition 'Pearls' and is exclusive to the V&A shop for the duration of the show. Available from the V&A Shop.

Other new clothbounds from Penguin are:
Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy – 9780141393384
Frankenstein – Mary Shelly – 9780141393391
The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer – 9780141393216
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain – 9780141199573
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe – 9780141393407 
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – 9780141199610



I have been very quiet with news as I have been moving every book I own to a new place to live. But before I started the packing process Reading University came to visit and do an article on me for their Alumni magazine Connected. Oh how I miss my old bookshelves.




Penguin English Library got In Book Award for Branding in the 2013 Annual. 


The Penguin Collection

The Penguin English Library series has become part of The Penguin Collection which is printed and made by Easy Art. Penguin have teamed up with Easy Art and released the first twenty Penguin English Library covers as framed prints or canvases. 


Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind

Lisa is the first TED staffer ever to be invited to speak on the mainstage at the TED Conference. I was really moved when I listened to her talk about her love of books.


Jane Austen Print

Bickford smith & Johnson now have a home on the web. Click through to have a look.

Plus our proofs are in for the next print. Available in dark blue ink and dark rose ink. I have taken a few snap shots so you can get a look at the print job. The pantone swatches might be more use for colour reference just incase anyone has a pantone book lying around. Dark rose: Pantone 694U and Dark blue: Pantone 540U. 

Please have a look on our etsy shop: BSJ Prints