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Books, Design and Culture

December 13, 2016
by Dan
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The Rest of the Best

When it comes to choosing the year’s best book covers, it seems that everyone is at it these days… “These covers are challenging without being impenetrable and playful without being precious — none of which is an easy task for … Continue reading

April 15, 2015
by Dan
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Today in Micro-Trends: Neon Signs

Inspired by the recent Blur album cover designed by Tony Hung (read more about it here) amongst other things, here are a selection of (relatively) recent books cover designs using lettering inspired by neon signs (pictured above: Bright Shiny Morning … Continue reading

March 6, 2015
by Dan
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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

May 5, 2014
by Dan
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Triangles, Quadrangles, Shards, and Fragments

This is my last post on book covers and triangles — for the time being at least. I hope you’ve enjoyed this three-sided, three-post design diversion (you can see the previous posts here and here): The Adjacent by Christopher Priest; design … Continue reading

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