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Books, Design and Culture

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 20, 2015
by Dan
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Penguin Short Stories

Cor Blimey! Tom Gauld for The Guardian. And, if you’re curious, the rather splendid covers for the actual two volumes of The Penguin Book of the British Short Story were designed by Matthew Young:

November 9, 2015
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note November 2015

Next month I’ll say goodbye to 2015 with my annual list of my favourite covers of the year. Until then, here’s November’s book covers of note, my last monthly covers post for the 2015: Baddeley Brothers by The Gentle Author; design David Pearson (October 2015) … Continue reading

January 8, 2015
by Dan
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Front Row: The Art of Book Cover Design

BBC Radio 4’s Front Row talks to Suzanne Dean, creative director at Random House UK, about the art of book cover design. Dean, who was very publicly thanked by Julian Barnes for her work on his book The Sense of … 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

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

May 9, 2013
by Dan
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Some Recent Book Covers of Note

I haven’t posted a lot of book covers recently, so to amend the situation here’s a completely unscientific selection of a few designs that have caught my eye recently: Middle C by William Gass; Design by Gabriele Wilson Sorry Please … Continue reading

December 18, 2012
by Dan
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Favourite Covers of 2012

For the past couple of years now (since Joseph Sullivan put the Book Design Review on ice in fact), I’ve been posting a short list of my favourite covers for books for the year. Now that thing for the New … Continue reading

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