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November 11, 2016
by Dan
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The Angelus Trilogy Design by Jason Booher

These Jason Booher covers for the paperback editions of Jon Steele’s The Angelus Trilogy, published by Blue Rider Press in August, bring a whole new meaning to ‘side eye’ I love that they use Albrecht Dürer etchings as part of the design… … Continue reading

September 12, 2016
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Book Covers of Note September 2016

It’s September. It’s busy. All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan; design by James Paul Jones (Transworld / September 2016) Art of Memoir by Mary Karr; design by Robin Bilardello (Harper Perennial / September 2016) Before by Carmen Boullosa; design … Continue reading

April 30, 2016
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Jason Booher Interviewed at The Perch

Jason Booher, designer and art director of Blue Rider Press and Plume, talks to Penguin Random House blog The Perch about the book cover design process: A design can be thought of as a set of constraints or parameters. In … Continue reading

March 7, 2015
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Jason Booher: “being a book cover designer is possibly the best job in the world.”

At the AIGA’s Eye on Design blog, Margaret Rhodes talks to Jason Booher, art director of Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press, about book cover design: The key to creating stellar covers, according to Booher, is to first throw out the … Continue reading

September 19, 2014
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50 Books / 50 Covers 2013 Winners

If you’re an American book designer you probably know already that the winners of the 2013 Fifty Books / Fifty Covers show were announced yesterday. Organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA and Designers & Books,  50/50, which recognizes the best work in … Continue reading

September 3, 2014
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note September 2014

It’s hard to believe it is already September, but here we are… time for another round of book covers! If you’re new to this feature, each month I collect together new and recent covers that have caught my eye in the … Continue reading

July 18, 2014
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A Book on a Book on a Book

The brilliant Jason Booher, whose cover for A History of Histories featured in my previous post, kindly just sent me his original design for the book. I think this could be the meta-cover to end all meta-covers. Sadly, the editor decided … Continue reading

May 17, 2013
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More Recent Book Covers of Note

Seeing as it’s a long weekend in Canada, and The Independent, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and countless other fly-by-night operations are jumping on the book design blog train (and doing it far better than me, damn it), here’s another round … Continue reading

March 16, 2011
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The Art of Immersion | Jason Booher

The nice folks at W.W. Norton were kind enough to give me a heads up about this beautiful new cover design by Jason Booher for The Art of Immersion by Frank Rose. Stunning stuff. Be sure to check out W. … Continue reading

August 27, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

Hornby Cover Versions — Some rather beautiful student work by Barcelona-based graphic designer Lucía Castro (although my inner-bookseller gets very twitchy at the thought of those soft off-white covers!). (via Cosa Visuales) Full of Refusals — Tom McCarthy interviewed for … Continue reading

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