Saturday 23 January 2010

Typographic Books Covers 2

More type based book covers from the Book Cover Archive
This covers uses image to create type. The design is interesting, but a little clumsy. The idea is clever and would attract interest, but the other text on the cover is unbalanced, and doesn't look like it was considered in the overall layout.

The layout of the type on this cover is simple and well balanced. The use of uppercase text helps to balance the white space. The overall shape is a christmas tree - the representation of an image through type is suitable for this sort of book as it encompasses a large number of authors and it enables all of them to be shown on the cover, without it being a list of names. The use of a reduced colour palette makes the text itself stand out more and emphasises the uncomplicated design.

I think that this cover design is really interesting and engaging. The design is made entirely of type, and the variation is size, typefaces and colours creates a sense of excitement and strange craziness. The complimentary colour palette helps to make the title readable, whilst the smaller text breaks up the cover into sections. Overall this cover is very appealing and doesn't dictate it's genre at first glance - having to read the blurb on the back will encourage people to pick it up and have a look.

The design of this cover is de-bossed, making the design harder to pick out - which is rather appropriate for a horror novel. The type face that has been chosen looks gothic and therefore ties in with the theme (though on closer inspection I think it looks like a Western font). The authors name is picked out in black, and uses a different but also decorative type face, which I think clashes with the main title type. It is nice to see a cover that is using more intricate processes to produce designs, but overall I think that this design fails in the execution.

The hand drawn nature of this cover is quite endearing. The inclusion of illustration within the type makes the cover more interesting and more creative. The lack of colour doesn't seem to be apparent because the design is interesting and engaging. the lack of colour also creates intrigue, making the customer want to read the blurb etc.

This cover is VERY plain, but still really interesting. The type has been styled to represent the word 'Oil', which engages the viewer straight away. It seems a little odd that there is no other type on the cover - no author or publisher information. Overall, interesting idea, but not exactly a book cover - more an illustrated word.

This cover is design in a landscape format, which is a little odd. The mixture of type faces is slightly over the top, but it see,s to work quite well. The design seems to represent the type of advertising candidates running for government etc. which is quite an interesting and eye-catching. The limited colour palette is suitable, and clearly represents the genre and theme of the book.

This cover is a little weird. It is designed to look like a worn and used file with type printed across the front in angled lines. The juxtaposition of the typefaces is rather confusing: the black type fits well with the paper file design, where as the red decorative type seems rather out of place against the background. The angle of the type also makes it difficult to read, and crossing of the type seems unfounded and little pointless. Overall, a weird design that is more confusing than anything else.

This cover design is really inventive. It lists everything that the story contains, but gives none of it away, which is quite a challenge. The use of just two colours makes the design really eye catching, whilst the different sizes of type make it quite expressive. Great idea, more book covers should be like this!

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