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Triangles Are My Favourite Shape


Let’s tessellate…

I’ve been thinking a lot about triangle patterns recently (that’s just how my mind works — don’t ask) and collecting together a few book covers (and related matter) that use them in their designs. I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve come across here…

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus; design by Helen Yentus (Vintage Books 2007) harvard-review-35-full

Harvard Review #35 (Fall 2008), #39 (Fall 2010) and #41 (Winter 2011); design by Alex Camlin

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Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage edited by Robert Klanten, Hendrik Hellige and J. Gallagher (Gestalten February 2011) — collages by Jelle Martens

Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman; design by Clare Skeats (Pushkin Press, January 2013)




La Boîte aux lettres du cimetière by Serge Pey (Éditions Zulma February 2014)

Notre quelque part by Nii Ayikwei Parkes (Éditions Zulma February 2014)

Dictionnaire du parfait cynique by Roland Jaccard (Éditions Zulma March 2007)

La Troisième Balle by Leo Parutz (Éditions Zulma October 2014)

Design by David Pearson

(I also rather like the cover for Le Goût âpre des kakis by Zoyâ Pirzâd as well)

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Sounds Good 101 Poems to be Heard edited by Christopher Reid; design by Eleanor Crow (Faber & Faber, March 2012)

Herbert Scarf’s Contributions to Economics, Game Theory and Operations Research Volumes 1-3 by Edited by Zaifu Yang (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2013)

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The Here and Now by Ann Brashares; design by Natalie Sousa (Delacorte Press, April 2014)

Cataract City by Craig Davidson; design by Kapo Ng (Graywolf, July 2014)

The Last Days by Laurent Seksik; design by David Pearson (Pushkin Press, Nov 2013)


Juxtapoz Psychedelic by Hannah Stouffer (Gingko Press February 2014)

( Unfortunately I’m not sure the image quite does justice to this cover…


A excellent addition to the list from UK designer Stuart Bache:


Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead; design by Stuart Bache (Blue Door May 2014)

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  1. Let’s not forget Peter Maestro’s wonderful cover for The Flame Alphabet!

  2. Thanks Sam! I really agonized about whether to include The Flame Alphabet or not. In the end, I just wasn’t sure it fit (although clearly I was wrong!).

  3. Nice roundup, Dan! It’s also nice to learn that the talented Eleanor Crow has a website featuring her illustration work.

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