Judging books by their covers… January 2024

Book and magazine cover designs are an essential aspect of the publishing industry. They are usually the first thing that catches a reader's eye, and often, can make or break a book's success. A great cover design not only reflects the content of the book or magazine but also appeals to the target audience.

Thankfully, it’s becoming easier to find out who designed or illustrated the covers I feature. However, it’s easy to jump down the rabbit hole of one designer’s portfolio. As you will notice this month I’ve featured a few covers from a small selection of designers.

Have you seen any covers recently that have inspired you?

This month’s list includes

This month’s list includes

Chrysalis, Anna Metcalfe. Cover design by Jack Smyth

Andy Warhol (Lives of the Artists), Robert Shore

The Twenty-One, Elizabeth Rusch. Cover design by Paul Zakris, illustration by Will Staehle

The Only Girl in Town, Ally Condie. Cover design by Theresa Evangelista

Neue Grafik/New Graphic Design/Graphisme Actuel 1958 – 1965

Mountains of Fire, Clive Oppenheimer. Cover design by Holly Ovenden

The Love of Singular Men, Victor Heringer. Cover design by Pablo Delcan

Immortality, Dana Schwartz. Cover design by Kerri Resnick; illustration by Zach Meyer

Henri’s Walk To Paris, Saul Bass

Good Hair, Charlotte Mensah. Cover design by Holly Ovenden

Good Men, Arnon Grunberg. Cover design by Anna Jordan

Pig, Sam Sax. Cover design by Matt Dorfman

To read my thoughts on books I have read, head over to my Reading List.

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