Monday, March 9, 2009

Cover Versions

Publishers, editors and anyone with a hand in designing books would be well served by perusing the gems online at the Book Cover Archive. There are more than 1000 covers available.

Click a cover and you'll get the name of designer and breakdown of the various design elements. Who knows, you might discover someone new or otherwise find inspiration.

Personally, I'm partial to Gabriele Wilson's austerity, Megan Wilson's directness and Peter Mendelsund's surrealism.

You can follow updates to the site via their blog. Another interesting take on book design can be found at designer Kimberly Glyder's new site, Shelved Books, which documents designs that were, for one reason or another, rejected.

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