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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Cover boy

Remember how bad book cover design was in the 80s and early 90s? When the first well-designed, modern jackets started appearing in the mid-90's (Manning Marable's Beyond Black & White was one) they were revelations. Now there is a move towards retro designs that recall handwritten covers, papercut covers and futurist covers from the 40s-70s (Everything is Illuminated is one prominent recent example), plus a few cool experiments.

My buddy Mickey Duzyj just got his first illustration in the New Yorker. Here's his first published book jacket, for the surprisingly high-profile Sweet and Low: A Family Story (too bad Amazon doesn't show you the full, wraparound cover):Two printing press-motif covers, the first of which, Defining the Wind, Alice mentioned earlier:

And two retro covers, for the objectively repulsive The Fountainhead (I'd build that!) and an appropriately austere, retro cover for Bartleby the Scrivener (spend time designing the cover? They'd prefer not to!):

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Blogger Alice on Sat Feb 11, 05:21:00 PM:
My favorite book cover of late is for W.S. Merwin's new translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.