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Monday, June 26, 2006


Have wanted to post this for awhile, and as there's not much in this week's Review, here it is.

A little background: one review at Amazon calls this "a barbed, intriguing art caper."

I can't quite make up my mind about this jacket. The designer is Chip Kidd, and if anyone could have gotten away without a title and author on the front, it's him. I know that's pretty unrealistic and would give the marketing department serious fits, but I look at this image and somehow think it would be stronger if I had to work a little harder to put meaning behind what the woman is looking (or not looking) at. Thoughts?


Martin said...

The problem is with the coherence of the image. Ok - the books is about theft, of the missing picture, I suppose. If the thing has been stolen, why is the woman looking at the blank wall instead of screaming/calling the police/looking for clues etc. Since she isn't doing any of these things, the setup (no picture) must be intentional, so what about the crime?
It also bugs me that the b/w cover goes all color on the spine.

Anonymous said...

I agree, Joseph. Peter Carey won the Booker Prize and has a major fan base. This book is (predictably) getting great reviews all over. It could stand having a teeny-tiny title/author, and would definitely get people to lift it off the shelf. The weirdo enlargement of the missing painting's i.d. really disrupts the image. It might have been better if it was a magnifying glass or something, b/c at least that way it would make sense, but it would still be very clunky.

kitty said...

Nothing catches my eye. Dull.

Readymade said...

Unfortunately, names sell books. I think Penguin released a line of books with strong cover designs without title nor author -- Penguin Originals. But sales were dismal and so they put the text back on the covers.

amandarama said...

My first thought is that I love your blog.

I agree with these fine folks. However, I like that all the color is on the spine - for some reason, it intrigues me.

Joseph said...

Thanks for the kind words, Amanda(rama). I enjoy doing this.

If I remember correctly, the colored spine is actually the extension of a painting that is on the back cover. Well, not a real painting, but you know what I mean :-)

Anonymous said...

Kinda sorta reminiscent, conceptually, of the cover for Art.