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Excellent Book Covers and Paperbacks

      Book covers are hard to design and nice to look at. An effective book cover manages to catch human’s eye and convey the idea behind the book on one single page. However, it’s getting even harder: to make a book really hard to forget, designers need to design the cover in a unique, creative and striking way. That’s not that different from Web where it’s important to build a sound information architecture upon a rather restricted design layout.

      Book covers are hard to design and nice to look at. An effective book cover manages to catch human’s eye and convey the idea behind the book on one single page. However, it’s getting even harder: to make a book really hard to forget, designers need to design the cover in a unique, creative and striking way. That’s not that different from Web where it’s important to build a sound information architecture upon a rather restricted design layout.

      The main idea of this post is to provide you with some creative, expressive and appealing book covers. You won’t like all of them, but you’ll definitely find some designs which are worth pondering upon.

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      Please keep in mind: there are thousands of excellent book covers; we’ve selected only few ones which are excellent in our humble opinion. Although this selection is definitely subjective, we’ve tried to do our best to find interesting designs which make the book cover hard to forget. If you have further suggestions please comment on this post. All covers posted are the copyright of their respective holders.

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      A Clockwork Orange Meet Alex. Simple, but so memorable. Designed by David Pelham.

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      Brave New World Designed by Gregg Kulick.

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      A Perfect Mess

      Book Covers - A Perfect Mess

      Christopher Moore, “The Dirty Job”, 1007

      Book Covers - Christopher Moore, Un lavoro sporco, 10/07

      Disorders of Memory and Learning Effective and creative. 1968. Cover Design by Martin Bassett.

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      Jordan Crane’s Book Covers Crane’s illustrations are beautiful and memorable. That’s what makes a good book cover.

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      Paul Rand’s Book Covers Paul Rand: one of the most influential modern graphic designers. Simple and effective.

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      Book Covers - the-end-of-inequality.jpg (image)

      The End Of Inequality Cover design by Peter Stone.

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      1984

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      Incomplete Manifesto Just a sketch. This book doesn’t exist.

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      Soviet Science Fiction book cover

      Book Covers - Soviet Science Fiction book cover

      Penguin Book Covers

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      St. Cyborg’s

      Book Covers - St. Cyborg's

      A Penguin Special - A Suitable Case for Treatment

      Book Covers - A Penguin Special - A Suitable Case for Treatment

      “The book of the Spirits”

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      Gas Book 08: Blue Source

      Book Covers - Gas Book 08: Blue Source

      The Language of Graphics

      Book Covers - The Language of Graphics

      1964 Sex and Society - Alex Comfort

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      1970 War Gaming - Andrew Wilson

      Book Covers - things magazine

      5ПЯТИЛЕТКА A Soviet book cover from 1930.

      Book Covers - 5ПЯТИЛЕТКА (1930)

      John Gall’s Book Covers Gall’s covers always take a look at the book content from a quite unusual perspective. Masterpieces.

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      We Can Build You

      Book Covers - We Can Build You

      Magical Thinking The book cover is attractive and conveys the idea of the book.

      Book Covers - Good Is Dead. The Learners in finer bookstores everywhere.

      Twenty Questions

      Book Covers - Good Is Dead. The Learners in finer bookstores everywhere.

      1982 Know Your Own Personality.

      Book Covers - things magazine

      ВЧЕРА И СЕГОДНЯ (1935)

      Book Covers - ВУЕРА СЕГОДНЯ (1935)

      Alvin Lustig’s Book Covers

      Book Covers - Alvin Lustig, Modern American Design Pioneer - Books and Periodicals - New Directions

      Suiza Constructiva

      Book Covers - Suiza Constructiva

      “The Art of a Book” Interesting conceptual solution.

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      “The Creative Process”

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      Understanding Media Interesting use of symbols.

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      Exile and the Kingdom Eye-catching. Designed by Helen Yentus.

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      House of Meetings Designer: Peter Mendelsund.

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      Cigarette Century

      Book Covers - The Book Design Review

      Dutch paperback book cover design

      Book Covers - Dutch paperback book cover design

      Hans Kleefeld book cover design

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      Livre perdu1 / Lost book 1

      Book Covers - Livre perdu1 / Lost book 1

      Toby Litt

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      Grabink Book Covers Decoration Book bindings by gner-artists Chris Enock and David Enock.

      Book Covers - The Arts Décoratifs Collection/Grabink

      Book Covers - The Arts Décoratifs Collection/Grabink

      Minimalism

      The Music of Chance

      Book Covers - Book Cover: The Music of Chance

      One Red Paperclip

      Book Covers - The Book Design Review

      Supercapitalism

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      Worst Years Of Your Life

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      Typography

      Expo 58, book cover

      Book Covers - Expo 58, book cover

      Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

      Book Covers - The Illustrated Novel

      Last Days Of Publishing

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      The Trouble With Physics

      Book Covers - The Book Design Review

      Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance

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      The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual

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      Emil Ruder, “Typographie”

      Book Covers - Emil Ruder's Typographie

      Nikelleo Rellana’s work

      Book Covers

      House of Leaves Book Cover Designed by Joe Paul.

      Book Covers - House of Leaves Book Cover

      Change the Way You See Everything: Through Asset-Based Thinking

      Book Covers - Amazon Online Reader : Change the Way You See Everything: Through Asset-Based Thinking

      Kidney For Sale By Owner Designed by David Drummond.

      Book Covers - Kidney For Sale By Owner

      Ace of Spades: A Memoir

      Book Covers - AIGA Design Archives

      About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography

      Book Covers - About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography

      The Mayor’s Tongue

      Book Covers - The Book Design Review

      All the Sad Young Literary Men

      Book Covers - The Book Design Review

      swissmiss: Books

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