Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Book Design

As some of you know, I'm often guilty of judging a book by its cover--at least initially. To me, many covers today are just as, if not more beautiful, intriguing, and/or meaningful than the book they protect.

If you share my fascination with covers, check out the blog The Book Design Review. (It's listed under Miscellaneous in the links list.) In it, blogger Joseph Sullivan critiques book covers, assessing how well they communicate the theme of the book using the basic elements of graphic design: type, images, color, composition, pattern, etc.

Here's a brief sample critique of the book cover for Sick:
Nothing surprising about the image given the subject of the book, but the reminiscent-of-money title type is a nice touch. [Jacket photo by David McGlynn]

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