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August 11, 2016
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note August 2016

Back from vacation and back to the grind… August is traditionally a slow month in publishing, but that isn’t to say there aren’t plenty of great covers around at this time of year… Ashes of Fiery Weather by Kathleen Donohoe; … Continue reading

May 3, 2016
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note May 2016

It’s the first week of May (whaaaat?), so it must be time for some new book covers… Barren Cove by Ariel S. Winter; design by Chelsea McGuckin (Atria / May 2016) Congratulations on Everything by Nathan Whitlock; cover art by Gary Taxali (ECW … Continue reading

March 8, 2016
by Dan
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52 Women Book Cover Designers

If you follow the Casual Optimist on Twitter, you will know that a couple of weeks ago design studio Aishima asked people to tweet about inspiring women graphic designers using the hashtag #celebratewomen. As today is International Women’s Day, I thought … Continue reading

October 7, 2014
by Dan
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Birds

Book designers, bless them, really do like to put a bird on it. Following on from wild beasts and reptiles and amphibians, here is my latest post looking at animals on book covers, ‘Birds’: Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer; design by … Continue reading

September 23, 2014
by Dan
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Beasts!

Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! I’m kicking off a new series today on animal book covers. The first post is on ‘beasts’ — mostly ‘wild’ beasts, but one or two more domesticated (and dead) animals may have nosed … Continue reading

December 18, 2012
by Dan
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Favourite Covers of 2012

For the past couple of years now (since Joseph Sullivan put the Book Design Review on ice in fact), I’ve been posting a short list of my favourite covers for books for the year. Now that thing for the New … Continue reading

December 13, 2011
by Dan
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Favourite Covers of 2011

After posting my long overdue picks for 2010 last week, here are my selections for my favourite book covers of 2011. I’m currently reading Where The Stress Falls a collection of writing by Susan Sontag published in 2001. In an … Continue reading

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