Creating covers to judge a book by

Works by leading Chinese book designer Lu Jingren, who helped redefine the craft, are on display at the Liu Haisu Art Museum.
Creating covers to judge a book by
Ti Gong

As one of China’s top book designers over a career of 40 years, Lu Jingren played a key role in redefining the art, making it more than just creating a cover for a book.

Born in 1947 in Shanghai, Lu started his career as an art editor at a publishing house in 1978. Later he studied at the workshop of Kohei Suguira, a world-renowned book designer, in Japan.

He won many awards at home and abroad for some of the 2,000 books he designed over the past four decades. A selection of his works are now on display until September 2 at the three exhibition halls of the Liu Haisu Art Museum.

“Book designing should include bookbinding, typographic design, editorial design and infographic design,” Lu says

“In my eyes, a book designer is akin to the second author of the book. He also should take the role of a movie director to strengthen the interpretation of the words through visual modes,” he adds.

Lu, an advocate of traditional culture, is widely recognized as a “defender of Chinese scroll culture.” He likes to fuse traditional Chinese elements into his book designs, creating an unexpected visual impact.

Exhibition details

Date: Through September 2, 10am-4pm
Venue: Liu Haisu Art Museum
Address: 1609 Yan’an Rd W.

Creating covers to judge a book by
Ti Gong
Creating covers to judge a book by
Ti Gong
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