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Let there be type: Book covers now

It’s clear that most books covers, both hardback and paperback, are typographical these days, mostly over an abstract or decorative background. The type tends to be large so that you can read the title at matchbox size on Amazon. In addition, there are often two of three quotes added into the mix. So, it's a pretty restricting menu for the poor cover designer.

 

I've kept a lookout for what has been going on over the past year or so to see how designers are coping with publisher's ever-tightening straightjacket.

 

Here is my selection of typographical hardback covers, (there may be a couple of paperbacks in there). Anyway, none are an insult the reader.

Amazingly this group is minus any quotes (hooray!)

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Designed by Jamie Keenan

 

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Designed by John Gall

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Designed by Jack Smyth

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Designed by Jamie Keenan

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Designed by Jamie Keenan

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Designed by Tyler Comrie

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Designed by David Pearson

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Designed by Janet Hansen

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Designed by Jamie Keenan

 

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Designed by Luke Bird

 

 And the designers of this little group escaped over the wall, to freedom (Hooray! Hooray!)

 

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Designed by Designed by Peter Mendelsund

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Designed by Pablo Delcan

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Designed by Oliver Munday

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Designed by John Grey

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Designed by Thomas Colligan

 


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