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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: Peter Mendelsund
Publisher: Schocken

Peter Mendelsund redesigned a series of Kafka covers in 2011. I was attracted to the covers by their simple geometric shapes and vibrant colors. Eyes are used on all the covers. The designer used different combinations of color and manipulation of eyes to express the theme of the book. According to Peter Mendelsund,

“I find eyes, taken in the singular, create intimacy, and in the plural instill paranoia. This seemed a good combo for Kafka- who is so very adept at the portrayal of the individual, as well as the portrayal of the persecution of the individual.”

The font used in the title is derived form the handwriting of Kafka. It is a nice touch to include some element of the influential author on the cover design.


Other covers in the series:

Something extra:

Typeface:  FF Mister K (title), Times (author)

Font In Use – Kafka Editions from Schocken

Re-covering Kafka: an interview with Peter Mendelsund

Jacket Mechanical: Kafka

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 »