Book Cover Design

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  1. ponytrot

    ponytrot New Member

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    I believe that book covers are like the doors which face us when peering into the corridor of new and undiscovered worlds. A beautiful cover draws us in, a well designed cover reflects something of the sentiments of the book- the care taken by the publishers, the mood and ambience of the contents itself.

    Beautiful book covers i have found, contribute greatly to my love of already well loved books, and many are simply wonderful examples of brilliant graphic design seeking to enhance the pleasurable experience of reading!

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    I adore Penguin in all it's incarnations, from it's wonderfully utilitarian paperbacks, it's modern classics, it's vintage collections. (more complete and organised post when i find the pics properly)

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    I have no words for how amazing McSweeneys is. It's the perfect marriage of tactile pleasure as well as wonderful reading. So much to discover with each edition. It's a celebration of creativity, stimulating the mind and rapturing the eyes. An artwork in and of itself. :wub:

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    Miscellany of gorgeous books with strong graphic design..

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    and beautiful vintage book design...

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    Creativereview.co.uk, Vulcanologist at Flickr, bookcoverarchive.com, Theselby.com, thepenguinblog.typepad
     
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  2. ChrissyM

    ChrissyM girl who fell to earth

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    we're taught to never judge a book by it's cover but if the cover makes you take the book off the shelf and start reading then it's done its job... ^_^

    there are so many great book covers out there, so it's nice to have a thread for them...

    thanks ponytrot :flower:
     
  3. gius

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    ^it's interesting, i took a class once on intro to graphic design/visual graphics and the instructor said on the first day, design is all about fast clear communication, capture your viewer's eyes that first instance they see your design ;) for example a lot of posters at the train or city streets are in intense colours or sharp black+white
    i find even subtly designed books, sombre palettes, etc also carry their own powers, in capturing a particular type of reader

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    i love monochrome or short-palette covers. that virginia woolf one there, orange and grey.. with flora in white lines.. something mysterious about that whole combination-- it would definitely make me want to open it. same with this blue night time scene http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/thisworldtonight/3168441536_1bc6726b92.jpg
    many thanks for starting the thread, ponytrot! wonder why we didn't have it already
     
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    scans from Penguin by Design by Phil Baines

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    I like them so much :D Thanks auxt! I was just about to post "The Pill on Trial" hehe
    I think it's great when the design has to do with something the book is about or its general impression, and portrayed the simplest way..
     
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    wow! thanks for your all contributions! :flower:

    beautiful choices everyone! :woot:

    i'm so glad you all like the thread, (good) book design can be such an inspirational process encompassing artistic creativity to complement literary worth.

    the major publishers- Penquin, Vintage, Routledge (+more) are doing an amazing job..

    and smaller publishers like McSweeney's are also doing real justice to many great books.

    i will try to make a collage of Penguin's main lines (Paperback, Vintage, Red, Modern Classics) each is so distinctive and just lovely to have on one's shelf.

    I'd love to have a thread to also talk about the design of books, typography, colored pages and inks, embossing, even design of the paper and pages itself....but i think that strays away a little...i could go on about book design forever! :lol:
     
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    I adore the paperbacks- on the shelf, as part of a lovely long collection/set (and books ARE to be collected!) all the colours and bands look simply divine!

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    Penquin's sets are a visual delight! :buzz:
    Here are some of the recently released ones :wub:

    Classic Boy's Collection (what an adorable line/concept! i wish i was a swashbuckling boy!)

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    Part of the Red Classics Gothic series- The Ten Tales of the Supernatural set.

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    Arabian Nights set.

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    Children's book illustrator, Quentin Blake, was a guest speaker a past RSA lecture event about Book Design.

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  13. gius

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    We do have threads on Typography
    http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums/f81/typography-50072.html
    And also a general "Paper" thread
    http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums/f81/made-paper-62015.html

    Would definitely be interested in what you have to say about book & page design, ponytrot.. and also coloured pages/inks/embossing :p I think member BerlinRocks might know about embossing. He posted photos of embossed paper designs made by his father in the Frame It thread
    http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4605693&postcount=40
    I went to a craft shop few months ago, asking about embossing powders. My memory's disappearing now, but I think they told me to buy a liquid, perhaps a glue to go along with the powder. You make your design with the liquid, sprinkle the powder and you use heat to make it rise --I was actually inquiring on how to use the product on fabric, but it is only for paper they says.
     
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    Some from Egypt, mostly old pulp novels

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    Isn't this the truth! I can't count the number of times I've decided to pick up a book only after seeing its intriguing cover. One of my favorite covers is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, which doubles as my favorite book to read as well!

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  17. gius

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    why does it say victoria lucas ? ^
     
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    The 1st hardcover edition (1988) of The Twenty-Seventh City


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    The first time I saw the covers below, I fell in love with them. They have a fashion editorial quality to them. They're gorgeous.

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    Sources: wikipedia.org, ebooknetworking.com, breadnjamforfrances.blogspot.com
     
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    This thread is such a great idea!

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    i've found a lot of awesome covers/old books at the thrift stores, here's an obvious one..but it's still great

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