Recently Read, November 14

Interview with Barbara deWilde by Misha Beletsky, June 19, 2011
DeWilde talks about her early days of book jacket design. The innovations of Knopf’s designs in the 1980s have become part of the established approach to book design today.

Penguin Crowdsource Book Cover on AntiSpec, November 1, 2011.
Penguin is getting in some hot water with their book cover design contest. My initial thought was that this competition is probably limited to young adult readers who already make fan-covers for the author (not professional designers), and there is no payment for the winner. So, I kinda thought it shouldn’t be looked at as speculative work. However, this contest breaks the direct designer-to-clientrelationship, which is important to producing an appropriate solution. Crowdsourcing fans dismisses the value of designers, and it does not serve the needs of the book itself. A better idea would be to stick to the professional design process and hold this fan-art competition on the side. Maybe the winner could have received a special copy of the book with their cover, while stores sold the professionally design cover.  What do you think?

Novum Cover By Paperlux on Looks Like Good Design, October 15, 2011
With the threatening rise of the eBook, print publishers are stepping up the special physical-ness of their books, magazines, etc. Check out this very tactile and moveable magazine cover.

Malcolm Gladwell: Collected on the Dieline, November 2, 2011
Designer Paul  Sahre and illustrator Brian Rea collaborated on this gorgeous box set of Gladwell books.

Book Cover of the Future? on Galley Cat, November, 9, 2011.
This interactive cover for Daylight Savings hints at the special posibilites of the eBook.

Great book jackets: Tips from 4 design pros on Alan Rinzler’s blog, November, 10, 2011
Book designers David Drummond, Laura Duffy, Kimberly Glyder, and Henry Sene Yee talk about the importance of a well-designed cover.

One thought on “Recently Read, November 14

  1. Great stuff here. I’m mixed on the Penguin thing. Sometimes, when you are as big as Penguin, and when you are pretty much the company that invented modern publishing—I say do what the hell you like, have some fun, break some rules. BUT, I see what you are saying and in general this model does not work in any way to the benefit of the book other than by shear chance.

    Gladwell—I didn’t think those were novels. Aren’t they more guides/self-help/business/philosophy books? i.e. non-fic? Really amazing. Nice work. I do often wonder how much things like this sell after the fact. Same goes for the Larson trilogy package box set. It wonderful, but after everyone and their mother has read the HC and PB, how many will actually spend big bucks on this limited edition piece? And in this economy to top it off…

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