Bringing together literature, culture and heritage, Murder by the Book: A Celebration of 20th Century British Crime Fiction illuminates and celebrates the stories of the UK’s most popular fiction writing. The exhibition is currently being shown at Cambridge University Library’s Milstein Exhibition Centre and within its library corridors.

The exhibition showcases rare and first edition books, objects and audio recordings looking at the genre from its origins in the works of Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens to contemporary best-sellers Val McDermid and Ian Rankin. Two of the star items are Agatha Christie’s 1937 typewriter and her Dictaphone.

The identity takes inspiration from more than a century of British crime book jacket design and Saul Bass’ work for Albert Hitchcock, amongst others.

Playful motifs are paired with a dark but vibrant palette reflecting the nature of the books and a characterful typeface. A series of three designs create the exhibition’s own series of book covers.

Large format banners, signage, exhibition vinyls, labels, posters, What’s On guides, digital media assets, private view invites and more were designed.

Client: Cambridge University Library
Agency: Hannah Warrick
Role: Complete concept, design, production and client liaison
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