… and still, we all do it, right? I’m not the exception to the rule either. Often I catch myself judging a person I don’t know because I don’t like her jacket. But I don’t know what happened to her that her jacket looks as ragged as it does.
But let’s stay within the literary world. Like so many other writers and readers, I love spending time in bookstores. I browse through the shelves and aisles, and occasionally I pick one, turn it around and start reading the blurb on the back.
My eyes fly over the shelves, and once in a while, they are caught by a particularly attractive and intriguing book cover. If I don’t like the cover, I don’t even bother reading a blurb, means I might miss a few good books, just because my eye isn’t attracted to the books’ cover.
Over the years I saw a few very interesting and eye-catching covers, and by a couple, I was quite fascinated.
Now, these five here, are only a few that impressed me and my eye in particular. To some of you, they might be weird, sad or even boring. This blog post and these covers are my taste.
Cover designer: Jim Tierney
I love how the designer mixes color and the trace of antique and ancient. It’s not often we discover a new book with an ‘old’ cover.
Cover designer: Peter Mendelsund
I love the colorful simplicity of the book cover. It seems to be one simple compass needle, but I was drawn in when I saw this cover.
Bob Giusti (illustration)
Amy Hill (lettering)
This I call a perfect symbiosis between illustration and lettering. It can’t get any simpler than this, any darker, any more impressive – and any scarier.
Designer: Na Kim
I cannot even tell whether this book cover is ‘intriguing’ or repelling… but it definitely is fascinating. And in combination with this book title it has a lot to say.
Cover designer: Anne Jordan
The cover caught my eye immediately. Why would a reader and writer like me not be intrigued by a turning page? I briefly looked at the book and found that I had to add it to my growing pile of books I need to read.
Are there covers you like? And I know, I got a lot to learn and many people to meet, cover designers amongst them. Who do you know, being a cover designer or illustrator and designed the perfect cover for your book?
Or what book cover do you particularly love?