Daily Archives: December 15, 2011

Can You Judge a Book By Its Cover?

Two new books on book cover design Breathless homicidal slime mutants : the art of the paperback by Steven Brower (NC973 .B769 2010) and Faber and Faber : eighty years of book cover design by Joseph Connolly (NC973 .C66 2009), prompted us to peek around in the collection for other books on the topic. It turns out there are quite a few, which isn’t too surprising, since book designers are both a key audience and creators of such tomes.

Whether you are looking for ideas for your own design work or just appreciate the form, have fun perusing the following titles. In addition make sure to take a look at the “Book Jacket” folders in the library’s Picture Collection. They range from the Pre-1970 folder up to the present.


Front cover : great book jacket and cover design / Alan Powers – NC1882 .P73 2001


Children’s book covers : great book jacket and cover design / Alan Powers -NC973.5.G7 P68 2003


Penguin by design : a cover story, 1935-2005 / Phil Baines – Z325.P42 B35 2005


Kidd : things that happened between 1986-2006, book one – NC1883.3.K53 K53 2005


Penguin 75 : designers, authors, commentary (the good, the bad– ) – Z271.3.B65 P46 2010


Puffin by design : 70 years of imagination, 1940-2010 / Phil Baines. – Z325.P84 B35 2010


Jackets required / Steven Heller, Seymour Chwast – NC1883.U6 H45 1995