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The Evolution of a Book Cover: How Design Changes

Designers can spend hours, days—weeks even—working on the perfect cover. For the Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook, which features 225 recipes for every occasion, I initially started with a photographic direction, but the notion of a doily or cocktail napkin kept nagging me. Take a peek below and see how a few (dozen!) ideas gradually shifted into the final direction.

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook Cover Design

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook Cover Design

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook Cover Design

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook Cover Design

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook Cover Design

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook Cover Design

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook Cover Design

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook Cover Design

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook Cover Design

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook Cover Design

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook Cover Design

In the end, this appetizer compendium looked like the “ultimate” handbook with these handsome details.

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: annotated cover

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: Final Cover

Once the book is shelved spine-out, the user can remove the belly band and still be reminded of all the fun and inspirational recipes that can be found on the inside.

Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: the spine

So now you know—behind every book cover is a dozen iterations.

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Vanessa Dina

Vanessa Dina

Vanessa Dina is a Design Director at Chronicle Books with a passion for all things food and drink. When she’s not designing cookbooks she can be found cooking from them and sharing the results with her family and friends.
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