Designer: Alvaro Villanueva

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

How do you appropriately show inappropriateness? This book cover gives you an answer. I have never read the book but from its cover, you can tell it’s going to be funny/witty. There is really not much to say about it because cover really says it all. I really like the color treatment of the type. It pops but doesn’t distract viewers from *the point*.

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Alvaro Villanueva on design:related


Designer: David Gee
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

From the title of the book, you can tell it is an interesting book. It has a fun cover too! It combines beer and history in a fresh way: a tipsy picture of a Canadian Mountie. I mean a picture you will see when you look at the Canadian Mountie while you are tipsy. I like the concept a lot.

However, I don’t like type treatment nearly as much. There are too many things going on. Each line has a different typeface, with two of them having a shadow, and “Beer in Canada” looks squeezed. And I don’t think the lines above and below the author’s name are necessary either.

David Gee is a part-time designer and his “day job” is an advertising copywriter.

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David Gee’s Blog

Q&A with David Gee

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Aaron Nieh, Yung chen
Publisher: Revolution Star Publishing and Creation Co.

Tokyo Boy Alone is a photo book by a Japanese photographer Eiki Mori. Aaron Nieh left much white space on the cover for the imagination. The licht color gives the book a clean look to showcase the style of Eiki Mori. In order to give the design some personalities while staying economical, there are 9 different versions of the cover, each features a different photo selected from the book. Also, the white strip of paper with the Signature of Eiki Mori is put on the cover by hand.

At first, this book caught my eye because it is by one of my favorite photographers and designers. But as I read articles about the process, I was impressed by the thoughts put into designing not only the book cover, but the whole reading experience. I have not had a chance to look at the physical book but will definitely look for one when I am back to Asia.

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Eiki Mori’s Flickr

Designer: David Pearson
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

I like this book cover it features the silhouette of Lincoln in a nice way. The purple background adds some color to the design without distracting the black and white contrast between the shadow and the type. The type is articulated in such a way that it forms part of Lincoln’s face. This book cover is interesting and pleasing to the eye.

David Pearson is an awesome designer and typographer. There are a lot of brilliant typography treatments in his designs. We will look at his other designs in the future.

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Typeface: Poplar

David Pearson’s site

Q & A with David Pearson, David Pearson Design

Interview with David Pearson


Other covers in the Penguin’s Great Idea series designed by David Pearson:

Designer: Unknown (Let me know if you know!)

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

I really like the cover of The Advertising Concept Book. The look and feel goes with the theme of the book, “Think Now, Design Later”. Even though it is a very simple design, the rough sketch look gives it personalities and communicates the idea of the book effectively. In fact, there are illustrated ads in comps throughout the book so the cover is coherent with the content of the book as well. Plus, I have a preference on matte covers so it is a automatic plus to me! Overall, I think the design is well done and enhances the message of the book.

Designer: Peter Mendelsund
Publisher: Knopf

I would like to start this blog with one of my favorite books for the past few years, which also happens to have one of the best book cover designs. Read the rest of this entry »