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July 25, 2016
by Dan
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Jennifer Heuer on Gendered Covers and Being a Woman Designer

At The Literary Hub, the talented Jennifer Heuer on gendered book covers and being a woman designer: I love what I do and I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a lot of amazing art directors on a lot of great projects. I’m … 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

December 14, 2015
by Dan
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52 YA Covers for 2015

As my 2014 post was such a hit, here is my second annual look at the past year’s young adult book covers. This isn’t my speciality, so this list is a lot more of a crowd-sourced effort than my very personal adult list. A special thank you to … Continue reading

September 18, 2015
by Dan
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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
by Dan
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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

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

May 12, 2014
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note May 2014

Another month, another selection of beautiful book covers… The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin; design by Jo Thomson (Mantle May 2014) The Bees by Laline Paull; design by Steve Attardo (Ecco May 2014) Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige; design … Continue reading

April 10, 2012
by Dan
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Q & A with Jennifer Heuer

Jennifer Heuer is a book designer based in Brooklyn. Formerly a designer at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, she now runs her own studio out of the Pencil Factory. Jen’s striking inkblot design for 1000 Black Umbrellas by Daniel McGinn, … Continue reading

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