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December 1, 2015
by Dan
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Notable Book Covers for 2015

Back in 2014, there were signs that book cover design was maybe, just maybe, having a moment. Suzanne Dean was on the BBC. Peter Mendelsund was on… well, everything. But if 2015 has felt a little quiet by comparison, there … Continue reading

November 27, 2015
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Pluto Press Wildcat Series Design by Jamie Keenan

When I posted included the cover for The Southern Insurgency by Immanuel Ness in my round-up earlier this month, I hadn’t realised it is in fact part of a fantastic series of covers by Jamie Keenan for Pluto Press designed … Continue reading

October 8, 2015
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Jamie Keenan on Book Cover Design

Book designer Jamie Keenan talks to Shiny New Books about his design process and designing the covers for Pushkin Press’s Vertigo imprint: I think designers might have brains that are set up slightly differently to ‘normal’ people (there are always a … Continue reading

September 18, 2015
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Art Works For Aid

In response to the refugee crisis currently unfolding in Europe, designer and illustrator Nina Tara has set up Art Works For Aid. Nina is asking artists, illustrators, designers and photographers to donate small works of art to be sold at auction … Continue reading

September 2, 2015
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Book Covers of Note September 2015

Something of a bumper post this month — a real mix of approaches, and a number YA titles to boot. Enjoy! The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector; design by Paul Sahre (New Directions / August 2015) Consumed by David Cronenberg; design by David A. … Continue reading

August 26, 2015
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Pushkin Vertigo Crime Series Designed by Jamie Keenan

At the Creative Review blog, Jamie Keenan talks about his cover designs for Pushkin Press‘s new crime fiction imprint Pushkin Vertigo: “From the beginning I wanted to come up with something that looked alien, as though someone had brought it … Continue reading

July 7, 2015
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Book Covers of Note July 2015

It’s finally summer, and because July is traditionally something of a quiet month in publishing, I’m taking the opportunity to catch up on a few covers that I missed earlier in the year… Act of God by Jill Ciment; design … Continue reading

May 5, 2015
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Book Covers of Note May 2015

This month’s post is very heavy on illustrated and hand-lettered covers for some reason, but it’s all the prettier for it… All This Has Nothing To Do With Me by Monica Sabolo; design by Justine Anweiler; illustration by Daphne van … Continue reading

March 6, 2015
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ABCD Award Winners 2015

Congratulations to all the winners at last night’s Academy of British Cover Design Awards! Children’s Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton; design by Chris Haughton (Walker Books / March 2014) Young Adult Spiders by Tom Hoyle; design by Rachel … Continue reading

February 10, 2015
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All Heart

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would share a few book covers that use hearts as part of their design… All About Love by Lisa Appignanesi; design by Jamie Keenan (W. W. Norton / July 2011) … Continue reading

January 15, 2015
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Noam Chomsky Series Design by David Pearson

Designer David Pearson has created some rather nice typographic covers for the UK editions of Noam Chomsky available from UK publisher Pluto Press. In addition to the talented Mr. Pearson, Pluto Press’s design manager Melanie Patrick kindly let me know that the publisher is currently working with … Continue reading

December 7, 2014
by Dan
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50 Covers for 2014

Book designers, you do amazing work. Thank you. I am especially grateful to all the designers and art directors (not to mention publicists and other publishing folk) who have shared their wisdom, provided me with images, and helped me with design credits this year — these … Continue reading

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