Julian Rothenstein

Editor, designer and publisher

Julian Rothenstein is a well-known and critically acclaimed editor, designer and publisher. He co-founded and art directed the British literary magazine Bananas (1975–1981), whose contributing editors included Angela Carter and J.G. Ballard, and featured numerous celebrated writers. He has also designed the titles for several well-known films. 

Julian founded the Redstone Press in 1986 and has since produced over sixty publications as well as the annual Redstone Diary, which has been described as ‘legendary’ and ‘the best diary in the world bar none’. Redstone Press’s titles include the novels told in woodcuts of the Flemish artist Frans Masereel, The Idea andStory without Words (1986), Passionate Journey (1988) and The Sun (1990); Surrealist Games (1991); J.G. Posada: Mexican Popular Prints (1993); The Playful Eye (1999); ABZ: More Alphabets and Other Signs (2003); and Psychobook (2016). The Blind Photographer (2016) explores ‘a deeper truth: that blindness is itself a kind of seeing, and that those who can see are often blind to the strangeness and beauty of the world around them.’ The acclaimed Black Lives 1900 (2019) is a unique account of W.E.B. Du Bois’s exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Redstone’s beautifully produced compendium of personality tests, Psychogames (2008), has been a worldwide bestseller for more than a decade. Julian also designed and edited The Book of the Eye (Penguin Random House, 2011) and A2Z: Alphabets and Signs (Thames & Hudson, 2019).

Julian is currently working on publications that deal with play and emotions, in his usual delightful and inimitable way. He divides his time between London and Penang, and is available for special projects.

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