Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Book Cover Designs US, UK, Movie

October is National Book Month. Though we are taught never to judge a book by its cover, as a graphic designer I can appreciate great book cover designs.
It wasn't until I began purchasing books online that I realized how one book can have multiple designs. US books and UK books can have different designs for one book, for varying different reasons, book to movie designs; once a book hits the theatres, a cover design may change for a short time to encourage individuals to purchase the book, also special edition books can get revised look. Let's not forget books that have been reprinted. Those books can have several different covers to fit the time and or audience. 

On the next tab I found a few books that have different designs based on the country, Books that have been reprinted and books that have become books and have a cover change.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Childrens Book Illustrations

Our theme for this month has been Book Cover Designs.
Why? October is National Book Month and as a graphic designer you appreciate good design, page layout, typography all the comes with putting together books.
Wonderstruck pencil illustration
By far my favorite books are Children's Books. I love picture books with amazing illustrations. The illustrations help tell the story. Being an artist myself, most of what I do, tells a story anyways and it is a wonderful opportunity to tell a story for someone else by taking their words and making pictures out of them. For little ones it helps in their picture/word recognition, see how emotions are expressed, just a great way to relate words to imagery.

For 2012 I have to say WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selnick is my favorite illustrated book. The book is written and illustrated by Brian Selnick.

If you have the opportunity, check out the website for Wonderstruck.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Great book cover ideas

Specialty book cover design
Their are different styles for book cover design.
Check out this article I found "12 great book cover ideas "

Typography Book Cover Design

Ellen Hopkin book cover design
It is not easy designing book covers. Millions of books get published each year and each book is in competition with each other in hopes that it will jump out at the reader. In my quest for finding really good typographic book cover design, I got reminded of this book series by my niece who is an avid reader. Designing with just type can be even more difficult in a world full of imagery. I enjoy seeing really good typography for books that tell the reader what the book is about. Ellen Hopkins Young Adult books does just that. These use the right typeface and color for each title of the book communicates the content of book effectively.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October is National Book Month

We have been taught, not to judge a book by its cover.
As a graphic designer, we can appreciate a good book cover design.
October's theme is good book cover design, page layout, children's books, graphic novels/comic books all of which takes creativity and artistic ability.
from the launch of El Huffington Post in Madrid, Spain. Work looking at some familiar books.

Eragon, Eldest and Brsinger books on display