We spend a lot of time judging a book by its cover. We discuss covers in design meetings, present them, collect them, study them … We even read about them in blogs such as Henry Sene Yee Design, David Drummond / Covers and the New York Times Book Design Review.
I’ll pepper this post with the cover options we considered for some of our books. (My finger points to the one we ultimately chose.)
There are many designers who specialize in book design, such as Rodrigo Corral who creates a wide range of designs for different aesthetics and narratives. And there are designers like Non-Format and Chip Kidd whose covers are unmistakable.
Then, there are those trying to automate the cover design process, like Faber & Faber with their print-on demand explorations. But they’re not taking the fun out of the design. The result are amazing, computer-generated, decorative borders based on Marian Bantjes’ sketches, and the loveliest custom-made B-HMMND font in these two-color covers. Read more about them here.
Do you have a book cover you just love? Sites you’d recommend for lovers of books and design?