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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