Philip Grushkin Collection

Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive (2013). Cover design by Kind Company.

Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive (2013). Cover design by Kind Company.

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University recently announced the acquisition of the Philip Grushkin Collection. Grushkin (1921–1998) was a book jacket designer, book designer and publishing educator and consultant. The collection was acquired from the Grushkin family by Glen Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. I wrote the text for Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive, the catalogue accompanying the collection. It outlines the life and career of Grushkin and details the creative process—from rough to comp to final design—behind a number of his book jackets. The design of the catalogue is the work of Greg D’Onofrio and Patricia Belen of Kind Company.

Spread from Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive showing comps and final design of Wayward Angel.

Spread from Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive showing comps and final design of Wayward Angel by Verne Chute (1948).