So the old saying goes, 'don't judge a book by its cover' - and you know...I get it, but I am a graphic designer so I have to confess I totally do. I think books is where I so regularly see the power of good design. It affects which books I pick up and peruse at the book shop for sure. Maybe I am missing out on some great novels (and in the past I have refused to buy books that were probably very good but their covers were so ugly) but recently I have been seeing some really beautiful covers. Some of them are almost like works of art. Here are a few of my favourites I have spotted recently on good old pinterest and would love to have lying around my house. I will definitely be adding some of these to my reading list for holidays.
1. See this one is so good it actually makes me want to find out more about physics and see what is inside. Ha that proves that design can be really powerful!
2. Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov - I really love the illustrations on this cover...and a little searching on Amazon reveals a whole series of penguin classics by this author with beautiful illustrated covers.
3. Excellent hand painted type and I really like how the bar code has been incorporated into the design. I want to add this to my book shelves for sure. (also in colour on Amazon)
4. Ha I have never had the guts to really tackle Ulysses by James Joyce, (something about no punctuation) but apparently it is one of the most important works of modernist literature so maybe I should give it a chance. I really love the colour palette used for this cover. The cover was design by Fuchsia Macaree who has lots of lovely work on her site.
5. Just read the blurb about this book and it sounds interesting...one to add to the summer reading list I think and the cover totally drew me in.
6. Sadly can't work out where this cover has come from...it is not the cover that is on amazon...but I love it. If anybody knows let me know and I will add a credit.
7. Love the type and image combination on this book and the penguin logo peeping over the mountain is a nice touch. I think this penguin classic could also be worth a read by a pool in the summer. adding it to the reading list.
8. So many of these book covers are not the ones they are published with...but illustrators/designers have re-done the covers and this one is a beauty. After rummaging around I discovered it was by Paige Vickers and then got to enjoy exploring her other work on her site. I love the internet and finding new inspiration and talent.
9. This cover was designed by Elena Giavaldi, and is actually one of the rejects. I like the fun an playful nature of this cover. You can see the chosen one and other rejects here. Lots of other beautiful work her on her site too.
10. This book totally grabbed my eye and after investigating I actually bought it for my brother for christmas. I think I need to get myself a copy though as it sounds so interesting. It is an honest memoir of the realities of being a humanitarian aid worker.
11. The trees on this book are beautiful. I think not including any text on the cover is actually a really clever idea and it really does make you want to pick it up and find out more. It was designed by Laura Carlin for the Folio Society.
12. Jane Eyre - I loved this book when I read it at school. There is something appropriately eery and hidden about this cover. I think it represents the novel really well and looks beautiful and intriguing. As far as I can work out it was designed by Sergio Serrano