A close cousin of the standard print design that I featured last week, is one of my favorite objects to seen design influence, the book cover. The old adage goes “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but I disagree. It’s much easier to compel potential readers to even pick up a book when the cover art is attractive and draws them in. Let’s be real: people are busy, or have other media/people/things competing for their attention, so if the cover art can help in setting the stage for what the material is about…I’m all about it. In this post, I’m more concerned about the superficial design versus how the design relates to the content of the book and if that even matters.
What do you think?

These are a few of my favorites from what I’ve come across this week:
1. Mark Twain, American Drolleries (2011/ designed by David Pearson and Lauren Gentry)
2. Evie Wyle, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice (2009 / TBA)
3. Amy Fusselman, 8: All True: Unbelievable (2007 / designed by Nicole Caputo )
4. Zadie Smith, Martha & Hanwell (2005 / designed by Sacha Spencer Trace)
5. Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King (2012 / designed by Jessica Hische)
6. Joe Meno, The Great Perhaps: A Novel (2008 / designed by Jamie Keenan)


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