Archives for the month of: March, 2012

Creative Director: Paul Buckley

Cover Art: Jillian Tamaki

Publisher: Penguin

These book covers are beautiful. Not what you would expect on a book cover. So it is a nice surprise, especially from classics like the Secret Garden, Emma and Black Beauty. I am surprised that the texture transferred to a 2D surface really well on these covers. I don’t think anyone who saw these can resist bringing at least one of them home.

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Penguin Threads on

Jillian Tamake

Photo from Jillian Tamake’s site


Designer:David Pelham

Publisher: Penguin

I like this cover a lot. It is simple, yet eye-catching. The 4 bright colors didn’t compete with each other. Instead, it creates an interesting cover with simple lines and shapes. The face with an eye formed by a wheel makes people wonder what this book is about.

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Typeface: Eurostile

Designer: Paul Bacon

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Similar to the previous cover, the “Big Book Look”, a style with a large title, a large author’s name and a small symbolic image, defined by Paul Bacon in 1950s creates an expressive atmosphere with simple elements. Compulsion is the most iconic of all. I like the tension among the letters in the rough, hand-drawn style. “a novel by” is in a thinner, scripty font and it balances off the bold type in the title and the author name nicely. I like the contrast between the light grey wall and the two little orange-red men.

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100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design #76

The Man With the Big Book Look by Steven Heller

Designer: Unknown

Publisher: Anchor

From the description and reviews, Choke is a bizarre story. I think the simple, yet dramatic silhouette and high contrast between the colors created sense of mystery that goes along well with the book. However, the author name on the right is a little too big for me and is competing with the Book title. And it might help building the drama if a typeface with more personality is used. This typeface is almost too safe for something this bold. In general, I like the dramatic atmosphere that the designer created with simple lines and use of colors, but it could have better type treatment.

Designer: Peter Mendelsund

Publisher: Pantheon

Yet another beautiful cover from Peter Mendelsund. A cover that will catch your attention. Filled with words but it is a simple cover that coveys that theme of the book: information overload. Even within the sea of texts, you can easily spot the title and author: The Information by James Gleick, which is in red, a color often use to indicate importance. A History, A Theory, A Flood inserted in between The Informations leave some breathing room on the page and make it less overwhelming.

Designer: David Pearson

Publisher: Penguin

We are all familiar with the classic penguin cover. And here is a book about the penguin books. David Pearson designed this book cover using the spine of Penguin books to build the classic cover. It is a cool way to present a book talking about the iconic Penguin books and their history. The design is so iconic that even without a obvious “penguin” on the cover, everyone know it is a book about Penguin books at their first sight.

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Typeface: Gill Sans