Lili Phillips

Nice to meet you, I’m Lili. I am an attentive book creator, tactile explorer and graphic designer, whose work is bound by a critical awareness of content.

I believe we must view the book as an environment for boundless creativity and exchange, for it is only then, we are able to organically, mechanically and harmoniously orchestrate its pages.



Recipient of the UAL Omorovicza Scholarship, 2020 

Winner of the UAL “Design as Community Building” award with my collaborator, Abbie Lilley, for our community-driven project, @NearlyPublish



Fancy working together?
Let’s have a chat.

liliphillips10@gmail.com
& @liliphillipsgraphics
07766884418



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Copyright © 2020 Lili Phillips


GCD 2020 x Nearly

With the loss of our studio as a base for our community, the Graphic Communication Design (GCD) class of 2020 have been resilient and responsive to the current climate. We have laughed, cried and wobbled our way to each produce a body of work that is reflective of the times and of our individual identities as designers.

As our physical degree show became a distant dream (and feeling dissatisfied with the digital exhibition we were offered), myself and Abbie Lilley took matters into our own hands. Setting up a team of 6, we produced a student-led graduate website and a supporting 300-page publication in only one week.

Our designed pages offer an alternative preservation of the work; a graduate catalogue for the class of 2020. Though this currently exists in a digital environment, we are asking for individuals to activate their showcase. Download, print, and pin up your spreads, for our exhibition is no longer limited to the walls of Central Saint Martins.

Myself and Abbie would like to personally thank the GCD contributors and the extremely generous team who made this project possible: Amanda Gayle and Jann Choy, who built the beautiful website. And to Olivia Alexander and Ruth Pickering, for your patience, working with us on the publication and brand identity. And of course, a special thanks to Kira Salter, for always believing in us.

Download the PDF here
210 x 297mm,
2020
Brand Identity, Publication design, for Central Saint Martins, Class of 2020


Critical Margins

At a time when we are inherently immersed in digital mediums, I ask: Can we reactivate the culture of the book? My critical report defends the bound book in the age of digitisation; presenting the joys of reading, the art of marginalia, and my unrequited love for books. 

In my search for publishing knowledge, I conducted a series of conversations with a diverse group of females, each having their own specialism concerned with bookmaking—these pivotal interviews live at the heart of my report. I would like to thank Billie Temple, Coralie Bickford-Smith, Genevieve Lapp and Rahel Zoller for enlightening my curious mind. It is through your words I found the courage to respond intelligently and position myself as a female book designer.

For many, the jottings in books symbolise vandalism, but I’m afraid I have to disagree. This report has been designed to celebrate marginalia, with my handwritten notes dancing across its pages. To me, there is a particular delight when you pick up a book, only to find markings of those who were there before you. These poetic traces are a beautiful presentation of individual expression. What we choose to underline and fold are manifestations of our interests—this book contains mine.

(still in production)
160mm x 230mm,
2020

Dissertation, publication design, Central Saint Martins



Books About Books

Books About Books is a collection of experimental publications, designed in response to my interviews with women concerned with book arts. Each conversation determines the concept and the look of the book.

My discussion with Rahel Zoller has been transcribed and translated into a visual orchestration. Influenced by the term ‘dog-earing’, the book reconstructs the banal act of reading. The text is only fully legible and intelligible when the reader folds the page.

The Books About Books collection,
145mm x 215mm,
Handbound three-hole pamphlet stitch,
2020

Publication design, in response to Rahel Zoller


Books About Books 

Books About Books is a collection of experimental publications, designed in response to my interviews with women concerned with book arts. Each conversation determines the concept and the look of the book.

In response to my conversation with Billie and my afterthoughts, I designed a richly playful publication, articulating my views on the inaccessibility of many artist’s books today. Its unusually-sewn pages protect its content and encourage a battle with its structure—it is an object made to be handled. The reader is forced to pick apart its thread to play, to read, to learn.

The Books About Books collection,
125mm x 165mm,
Machine-sewn & hand-sewn,
2020

Publication design, in response to Billie Temple


Books About Books

Books About Books is a collection of experimental publications, designed in response to my interviews with women concerned with book arts. Each conversation determines the concept and the look of the book.

This book arose out of my curiosity to discover and learn Genevieve's craft—the art of papermaking. Naturally, some things didn't go to plan, but this artful sculpture stands as a manifestation of my learning process; praising the all-important trial-and-error experimentation. My interview with Genevieve lives between layers of pulp, with traces of text unexpectedly, and yet beautifully surfaced.

The Books About Books collection,
135mm x 168mm,
Handbound Multi-Section Sewn Binding,
2020

Publication design, in response to Genevieve Lapp