Archive for the 'Cover Design' Category

David Drummond’s covers

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Here are some great book covers from canadian designer David Drummond. I’ve found his blog at Blogger, and also his cover slide show at Design Archives.

The Silver Palace Restaurant

This is a recent poetry book cover. The cover has matte lamination with a spot gloss varnish on the melting butter. The image of melting butter in a frying pan seemed an appropriate visual metaphor for this collection of poetry, which deals with the transience of time and human mortality. The image of melting butter in a frying pan seemed an appropriate visual metaphor for this collection of poetry, which deals with the transience of time and human mortality.

Silver Palace Restaurant (Hugh MacLennan Poetry)

The Rent Collector

The cover immediately evokes the title character with a single, yet personality­filled, object. The neutral type choice doesn’t detract focus from the wallet—a good thing. This is an example of a cover that met with a fair degree of initial resistance and probably would have been rejected if not for the support of the publisher.

Glen Rotchin The Rent Collector cover design

The Rent Collector

Children’s Book Covers: Great Book Jacket And Cover Design

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

This companion to the best-selling Front Cover is the first visual survey of over 200 years in children’s book jacket and cover design. It traces a history that goes from the hand-colored engravings of the 1800s to the digital art of today, and features the work of the most influential illustrators (including Beatrix Potter, Maurice Sendak, and Quentin Blake), plus all the popular series: Babar, Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter, and more. Classics, the latest designs, plus rare finds and first editions make this a must-have book for collectors, designers, and anyone who loves art.

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Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Ever since the creation of the first Penguin paperbacks in 1935, their jackets have become a constantly evolving part of Anglo-American culture and design history. By looking back at seventy years of Penguin paperbacks, graphic designer Phil Baines charts the development of British publishing, the ever-changing currents of cover art and style, and the role of artists and designers in creating and designing the Penguin look’including Penguins, Pelicans, Penguin Classics, and more. Rich with stunning illustrations and filled with details about individual titles, designers, and even the changing size and shape of the Penguin logo itself, Penguin by Design shows how covers become design classics.

By looking back at seventy years of Penguin paperbacks, graphic designer Phil Baines charts the development of British publishing, the ever-changing currents of cover art and style, and the role of artists and designers in creating and designing the Penguin look. Rich with stunning illustrations and filled with details about individual titles, designers, and even the changing size and shape of the Penguin logo itself, Penguin by Design shows how covers become design classics.

Features 600 color illustrations

About the Author
Phil Baines, a senior lecturer at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, is a well-known graphic designer. His books include Type & Typography.

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By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

“The authors have assembled the first collection of Modernist cover art and a short history of Modernism’s evolution in America.”

Veronique Vienne in Print Magazine, October, 2005

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Front Cover: Great Book Jacket and Cover Design

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Front Cover: Great Book Jacket and Cover DesignYou can’t judge a book by its cover? But some covers simply speak for themselves. The most influential book jacket designs from throughout the 20th century are on display, and the fascinating images track their evolution from throwaway utilitarian “dust jackets” into a powerful modern art form. Three hundred hardcover and paperback book jackets appear in full color, including many from rare first editions seldom seen outside a serious collector’s library. Accompanying analysis commemorates the contributions of top European and American artists like Victor Gollancz, Paul Rand, and Barnett Freedman; explains how cover art styles helped launch such publishing brands as Penguin and Bloomsbury; and explores the impact of today’s digitally designed covers.

Front Cover: Great Book Jacket and Cover Design

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