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December 8, 2017
by Dan
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Notable Book Covers of 2017

Since 2010, I’ve posted an annual survey of the year in book covers. The post has expanded and developed over the past 7 years, but essentially it is a collection of the covers published in the previous 12 months that … Continue reading

November 14, 2017
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note, November 2017

It’s my last monthly cover round-up of the year! Watch out for my review of 2017 next month…  After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry; design by Pete Dyer (Serpents Tail / November 2017) Basket of Deplorables by Tom … 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

July 9, 2014
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note July 2014

As well posting great cover designs for books released in July, I’ve taken this month’s round-up as an opportunity to catch up on a few I missed earlier this year. Enjoy! Adam by Ariel Schrag; design by Christopher Moisan (Mariner June 2014) American Blonde … Continue reading

February 6, 2014
by Dan
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The Bee’s Knees

Sara Wood kindly let me know that fellow designer Steve Attardo has not only started his own freelance studio NinetyNorth Design, but also delivered this rather fine jacket design for Laline Paull’s forthcoming novel The Bees. The book’s publisher Ecco has … Continue reading

April 28, 2011
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

Defending the Unusual — Designer Allison Saltzman, art director at Ecco,  interviewed at Caustic Cover Critic: Everywhere else I’ve worked, the books’ content still informs the cover design, but the overall aesthetic is subject to the publisher’s (and their art … Continue reading

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