Design For Today is a small press and publisher, launched in the summer of 2015, with the aim of working with designers and illustrators to create limited edition books, cards, and printed pleasures for the discerning collector and enthusiast.

Design For Today’s artists’ books are all designed, crafted and printed in the UK, using quality, sustainable materials and printed using the traditional processes of lithography, letterpress, screenprint, or linocut.  Editions are small, from 500 – 1500. Tomorrow’s collectable books today!

Captain's Alphabet by Jonny Hannah

Captain's Alphabet by Jonny Hannah

Aside from our Artists’ books Design For Today will also be reissuing ‘forgotten classics’ of mid-century design, contemporary European classics of illustration, and books devoted to aspects of 20th Century design and illustration, crossing the boundaries between academic dissertation and coffee-table publications.

Design For Today was founded by Joe Pearson, an established collector and writer on mid-century lithography. If you seek Design For Today’s inspiration look no further than Noel Carrington’s Puffin Picture Books, John Piper’s textiles, the fun of Bruno Munari, or the graphic design of the avant-garde Russian Children’s books.

Design For Today has a varied programme of publications. In our shop you will find Alice Pattullo’s Brick House, a tribute to Eric Ravilious & Edward Bawden. Louise Lockhart’s concertina book, Up My Street, a celebration of the vanishing High Street of laundrettes and children’s outfitters is available too. The Noel Carrington project is Joe Pearson’s definitive study of Noel Carrington, a privately printed limited edition book, bound at The Fine Press Bindery and printed at the Northend Press. The Special Edition features miniature books by Emily Sutton, Alice Pattullo, Jonny Hannah, Tom Frost & Liz Loveless. The Journal is a gallery of inspiration.