Last night I turned up – all too briefly, alas – to see and vote at the inaugural Academy of British Cover Design awards, in a downstairs bar on still-trendy Hoxton Square. There were over 100 people there when I had to leave, but the voting was only just getting going, with the shortlisted covers, [...]
I’m taking part in a panel about book design at the LSE’s Literary Festival tomorrow, in which I’ll be talking a little about the alternatives to what I’m calling the ‘Chip Kidd’ approach to cover design, where each book is given an eye-catching design that is brilliant, individual and appropriate to its content. (I wrote [...]
In search of something else entirely I was flicking through Alan Powers’s book Front Cover: Great Book Jacket and Cover Design and spotted something that made me stop. It was a cover by Alvin Lustig – for Kafka’s Amerika, in its 1948 New Directions American edition – that reminded me (more than reminded me!) of [...]
I picked up a copy of Cynan Jones’s The Dig from a display in The Book Hive, a favourite independent bookshop in Norwich, just before taking a train, and in fact at 158 pages (and more on that below) it is very well suited to a journey of a couple of hours.
Rather taken with this cover for Viking’s The Poetry of Sex, I’ve decided to build an A-Z of book covers with single letter-led designs. Some are easy. Some harder. Some are great. Some less so. Can you help me fill the gaps?
One of the most pleasing things about good book design is that it is a cheap way of bringing good design into your house – rather like that other, rather less garlanded design staple, the tea towel. (Where are the awards for Best Tea Towel? I hear you shout. Wrong blog, I’m afraid.)
As illustrator Jeffrey [...]
It’s always exciting to see a writer emerge from relative obscurity back into the reading public’s consciousness, and although there are plenty of opportunities for shouting about the writers who should be better known, it’s rarer that it actually happens. It seems to have happened with Deborah Levy, who was picked up and published to [...]
This is a cover that has been bumping around on the bookish corners of the web for a while now, and I had been quietly admiring it as an example of eye-catching illustration matched with a serious, respectful design aesthetic, that refuses to upstage the work of the illustrator… until I realised I hadn’t been [...]
Friday Book Design Blog: The Academy of British Cover Design is looking for the best British covers of 2013
This blog being obviously all about great book cover design, how could I not give a shout out to this new award, inaugurated this year, for the best in British book cover design?@
The nattily named Academy of British Cover Design are looking for nominations for the best covers for books published during 2013 by British [...]
What is the job of a proof, or ARC (Advanced Reading Copy)? Well, traditionally, it’s to get the words of a forthcoming book before the eyes of literary editors and reviewers, so they can plan their coverage ahead of time.
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