i found book cover design to be one of the most challenging tasks when i was studying. we’d see all these brilliant, often very simple, cover designs and think – of course! but getting there is such hard work (as with anything in design, of course). i am so impressed by the work of NY based designer Oliver Munday, whose book covers are so good i would buy them regardless of what the book was about. he has a tumblr too.
i sometimes have the urge to buy books just to frame them and put them on my walls forever. who has time for reading, anyway! kidding, i am an avid reader. when not internetting.
a collection of book jackets from the 1920’s
part of the new york public library digital collection
recent gems from the book cover archive (yes i am that person that picks books because they look cool)
these belong to william creswell
persephone books reprints neglected classics 20th century women writers. the titles are chosen to appeal to busy women who rarely have time to spend in ever-larger bookshops and who would like to have access to a list of books designed to be neither too literary nor too commercial.