Reader Jeff said this about the Kurlansky title, which I posted earlier today:
"What I'm more interested in is not only the cribbing of the classic Chuck Klosterman cover style, but even some of the cover copy..."
This is an important issue -- one that's been hashed out on many blogs and in many design classes -- but I want to hear what you have to say. Exactly what defines a unique visual style? Someone would be insane to use Futura Bold Italic on a book cover -- unless that someone is Barbara Kruger -- but what's the limit? One could probably make the case that the Klosterman books look like Miller Beer ads from a few years ago, which looked like...which looked like...
The point, I think, is that Jeff is essentially correct: walk by this in a bookshop and I'm guessing you would think this is a Klosterman book. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's a problem...or does it?
If you've not read it yet, there's a great post on this question (and LOTS of comments) at Design Observer.