Page 1: Great Expectations

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including P&P

Now in its second edition, Page 1 is an unusual typographic experiment designed to explore the relationship between graphic design, typography and the reading of a page. It collects the responses of 70 international graphic designers to the same brief – to lay out the first page of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, a text that directly references lettering as Pip searches for clues about his family from the letterforms inscribed on their tombstone. Contributors were invited to explore, challenge or celebrate the conventions of book typography. Each layout is accompanied by a short rationale explaining the designer’s decision-making process. Conceived to be of interest to designers and non-designers alike, readers will be surprised by the attention to detail and level of engagement with the narrative on display, and aficionados of Dickens will be charmed by the idiosyncratic approaches to this much-loved text.

A wonderful idea
It’s Nice That
A fascinating range of responses
Huffington Post

Design Observer 50 Best Books 2012


Lucienne Roberts Rebecca Wright



Contributors include

Apfel, Tony Chambers, John Morgan studio, Pentagram, Judith Schalansky, Erik Spiekermann, Morag Myerscough, Neil Donnelly, Experimental Jetset, Daniel Eatock, Fraser Muggeridge studio


2012 / 2013
110 x 178mm
320 pages
perfect bound
cover in two specials
300gsm Olin Rough High White
text pages in black
70gsm Ensonovel
ISBN 9780957238107