Friday, June 09, 2006

9. Book Cover Design.

One of the more progressive areas of graphic design, is book cover and jacket art. There's a lot of good work going on, but it's not easy. Not only do cover artists have to design a package that readers will want to pick up, they also have to distill a novel down to its essence using just a few words and imagery (basically an ad for the book.) It's this reductionism that makes it difficult, but it's also what makes a good book design work. Fortunately, due to the wonders of the internet, there's a lot of sites that allow you to keep up with what's going on. And, I even think that there are still stores that sell books too. There's always that...Be sure to check the gallery of all the War of the Worlds covers while you're at it.

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