Lately I've been delving into the world of beautiful type and book cover design.
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.