Rachel Pfleger is a French graphic designer with an established career in book design. After graduating from Ensci-Les Ateliers-Paris Design Institute (École nationale supérieure de création industrielle), she freelanced in Paris for several clients in various areas such as publishing and identity, exhibition and product design before moving to London where she joined Black Dog Publishing in 2006. She is now leading designer in the team.


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Rachel’s design training introduced her to disparate and far-reaching design applications. Following her graduation she focused independently on graphic aspects and therefore considers herself to be more of a self-made graphic designer. She finds constant inspiration in the world around her, whether it be through music, art, popular culture or design. Her unprejudiced cultural enthusiasm acts as an underlying drive both in her life and work. Indeed, graphic design is both the tip of the iceberg and the umbrella under which everything comes together. It is a practice Rachel discovered slowly and matured for years, before realising it was the ideal interface through which to express her varied aesthetic and creative baggage.

    She has come a long way since her childhood experiments in designing tape jackets and collecting bits and bobs, postcards, found images, magazine cut-outs and lettering Letraset transfers (not that that she has lost the habit…). From her early predilection for sciences, at the age of 16, Rachel went on to discover acting and opted for an artistic curriculum instead. Her Philosophy and Fine Arts Baccalauréat led to a two-year BTS in applied arts (Higher National Diploma) in Lille, and later a Master degree in advanced design studies from Ensci-Les Ateliers in Paris (only French national Institute exclusively devoted to advanced studies in design), which she obtained in 2000. Graphic design was a revelation she stumbled upon during her time at Ensci, when she became involved in a six-month workshop aimed at devising a visual identity and brochure for the school. Winning the contest brief earned Rachel her first professional graphic design experience working with Laurent Ungerer’s Paris-based studio c-album where she completed the designs for Ensci’s brochure and worked on various projects including one for the Centre Pompidou’s exhibition L’Art de l’Ingénieur, the museum’s last major show before a two-year closure and refurbishment.

    Rachel’s approach to design is underpinned by an attempt to evoke rather than emulate. To achieve this, she seeks to arrive at the archetype of her subject matter in order to refine an essential design. She stays away from banal referencing and therefore avoids caricature in her own work.

    In the recent years, Rachel’s work has focussed on book design. She has developed a number of successful artists’ books as well as worked with architects, designers and scholars on monographs and illustrated reference titles. Books remain her major interest, although she is well versed in exhibition layout and signage, as well as brochure, invitation and identity development. (Adriana Caneva, 2012)


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SELECTED CLIENTS, COLLABORATORS AND FEATURES


Black Dog Publishing, c-album, Éditions de la Villette, Collège International de Philosophie, Attica
la librairie des langues
, Ensci-Les Ateliers, Atelier Intégral Philippe Délis, Pierre Milville Graphisme, FL@33/Stereohype, PA-Design, Compagnie, Musée Stéphane Mallarmé, Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, agence NC, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Musée des Confluences (ex Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle), Centre d'interpretation archéologique de Gisacum, Yuksek official video Off The Wall, Moco Loco, La Corbeille, Instacanv.as.



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