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Beautiful Type Book Covers

Posted by / 31.5.13 in Inspiration

Lately I've been delving into the world of beautiful type and book cover design and wanted to share some of my findings.

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I love illustrated and photographic covers too but the book covers that keep standing out for me are the most simple designs that use mainly type. The saying goes that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I was reassured by a book reading friend that you most definitely can – different genres, styles and qualities of books follow styles, even the age of a book could be guessed by the design of its cover. Now that I don’t feel quite so guilty for being shallow, a great website for fellow book cover admirers is the Book Cover Archive. It’s great for book design inspiration – it can display the covers by designer or genre and also a random image generator for a mix of styles.

My shortlist today includes:

1. ‘ Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover’, the design for the Australian Publishers Association Best Book Awards publication for their 2012 wards ceremony by Toko Design Studio

2. ‘The Crow’s Vow’ designed by Salamander Hill Press

3. ‘Nov 22 1963 – A Novel’ one of many great designs by Christopher Brand

4. Anders Petersen’s ‘Soho’ – a cloth covered book designed by Greger Ulf Nilson

5. ‘The Belief Instinct’ also by Christopher Brand

6. ‘Against Happiness’ by Jennifer Carrow.

Reinventing ourselves

Posted by / 9.5.13 in Work

Now celebrating 10 years in design and digital, IfLooksCouldKill has grown into quite a different creative studio.

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We’re excited to be marking this change with a new website, and with a nod to our original motto, ‘launch early, refine often’, we’re getting busy with phase two. Over the coming months we’ll be posing for a shoot, making a film, sharing more projects and filling our journal with the latest from the studio.

Inspiration this week comes in the form of Sarah’s favourite artefacts, Scott introduces some of our responsive design projects and Jonathan tells us about The Enterprise Challenge.

I hope you like what we’re doing so far and that you’ll pop back from time to time to say hello.