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March 9, 2017
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note March 2017

Holy smokes! There are a lot of good covers this month! Feast your eyes on March’s book covers of note: Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay; cover art by Sean Qualls (Penguin / March 2017) The Book of Greek and Roman … Continue reading

March 4, 2016
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ABCD Award Winners 2016

Congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted covers at the third annual Academy of British Cover Design Awards! Make sure you read Daniel Benneworth-Gray‘s report on last night’s “shindig” at the Creative Review, but in the meantime, all the winning designs are below: Children’s The Fox and the Star, written, … Continue reading

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

June 6, 2014
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New Book Covers by Luke Pearson

Working with art director Richard Bravery, illustrator Luke Pearson has created new covers for Kyril Bonfiglioli’s Charlie Mortdecai novels published by Penguin. You can read more about the process at Creative Review. This is not Luke’s first cover for Penguin. He also provided … Continue reading

June 21, 2013
by Dan
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More New and Recent Book Covers of Note

So is this a thing now? I don’t know. You folks seem to like these posts, so maybe… (but probably not because a lot of designers I really like just don’t updated their portfolios that often—you know who you are… … Continue reading

January 16, 2012
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Chabon by Connie Gabbert

These stunning Michael Chabon covers are the work of Oregon-based designer Connie Gabbert. Although evocative in some way of faded ink, old-time letterpress, silkscreened posters and linocuts illustrations, interestingly these designs will never see actually see print themselves. Connie knew … Continue reading

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