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Great Book Cover Designs – The Bookcase No.7

Published Nov 13, 2022
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Yes, it’s OK to judge a book by its cover.

If you’re anything like us, sometimes you do buy a book (or two) just because that cover looks so damn good. Here are some of our recent favorites.

Cover image: The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Taschen

Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch

Rachel Willey designed this bright, intriguing cover, featuring playful typography combined with flowing stripes of colour enveloping a canine figure.

Verge is a collection of short stories exploring topics of human resilience on the margins.

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H.G. Wells: The War of the Worlds Illustrated

Inspired by the work of Mike Mignola, Mexican illustrator and graphic designer Adam Rufino created this powerful cover and the full set of artworks for the illustrated version of H.G. Wells’ classic The War of the Worlds, published by Bitmap Books.

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House Industries Lettering Manual

House Industry’s head letterer and type design director Ken Barber produced this textured cover featuring bold lettering, as the visual introduction to their comprehensive lettering manual.

The book is a hands-on visual guide that includes exercises, case studies, and techniques aimed at anyone looking become an expert in drawing letters.

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Lapidarium: The Secret Lives of Stones

Award-winning freelance designer Holly Ovenden created this vibrant cover for Hettie Judah’s Lapidarium book, a beautifully designed collection of true stories about sixty stones that have influenced human history.

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The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

UK-based artist Laura Barrett created a number of illustrations for Taschen‘s edition of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, as well as the endpapers and hand-decorated ‘pea tendril’ lettering for the title and each tale’s drop cap.

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My Year Abroad: A Novel by Chang-rae Lee

Hea Eun Grace Han, a designer and associate art director at Penguin Random House, created this eye-catching cover for Chang-rae Lee’s My Year Abroad, mixing simple typography with geometric shapes and an interesting color palette.

The cover was awarded with a Certificate of Typographic Excellence at the 2022 TDC Awards.

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The Gourmand’s Egg: A Collection of Stories & Recipes

This simple yet striking cover, featuring nothing but a crispy fried egg, illustrates the first volume in TASCHEN’s collaboration with The Gourmand.

The book combines exclusive photography and historic artworks, celebrating the synergy between food and art through original recipes and stories.

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Reward System: Stories by Jem Calder

Created by New York-based designer Alex Merto, this interesting minimalist cover for Jem Calder’s Reward System is sure to arouse your curiosity.

The book is a collection of ultra-contemporary fictional stories about work, relationships, and the strange loop of technology and the self. 

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Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds & the Stories That Make Us by Rachel Aviv

Stark minimalism defines this compelling typographic cover by art director Kate Jensen for Rachel Aviv’s Strangers to Ourselves.

In her debut book, Aviv raises fundamental questions about how we understand ourselves in periods of crisis and distress, offering a groundbreaking exploration of mental illness and the mind.

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Mario Testino: Private View

This limited print of iconic photographer Mario Testino’s latest book Private View is truly one-of-a-kind. The collector’s edition presents a sumptuous selection of studio work and candid shots, shimmering with pure Testino style.

Encapsulated in a box with stunning three-dimensional typography, the book is available in pink, purple and green variants.

Get the book here


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