Lili Phillips

Nice to meet you, I’m Lili—a curious designer, playful maker and print enthusiast.

Currently working at Pentagram NYC, I strive to promote unity through visual identities, editorial, environmental, digital and printed matter.

1/2 of Nearly, a design studio.

Recipient of both the Omorovicza Scholarship and the UAL Design as Community Building award, 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,

Dissertation, Publication Design, Central Saint Martins