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Sunday, November 11, 2007

A Hedonist in the Cellar, US and UK paperbacks

US design by Keenan; UK designer unknown

These recent paperbacks don't drift too far away from their hardcover counterparts.

Here's the US design; compare to the hardcover.


And here's the UK cover; compare to the hardcover:

9 comments:

Katie Alender said...

I like all four!

Cocobarks said...

I prefer the paperback US cover of the four. I think they did a nice job taking the original idea of wine bottle circles and transforming it into something clever and visually appealing. It's the type of image one might make sitting around drinking wine at a slow party. The UK paperback is too busy for me though I think it could work as a back cover.

Anonymous said...

So clever. So Keenan!

Anonymous said...

I liked the US hardcover, but I like the paperback even more! The wine circles on the hardcover always seemed a bit too random to me, so I like the subtle outline the circles make on the paperback.

The UK versions are slightly too busy for me.

Ian Shimkoviak said...

The US design is superb—an instant winner. The elegance in the type and subtlety of the illustration is perfect. The fact that it is all made of spilled wine glass mars makes is perfect for the title of the book—obviously this person is drinkin' up a storm...

The UK hardcover is fun and I would pick it up, while the US hardcover looks clicé...

jasfitz said...

I second cocobarks' and Ian's comments entirely.

bec said...

wow, i just made a post about this book on my book design blog too! i absolutely love the US paperback cover.

Anonymous said...

i think i like the two hardcovers best (and the uk one a little more).
really like the font on the us hardcover.

the uk softcover looks weird as a book cover design and more like a poster. i quite like the us hardcover, but it's a little bland.

Paul C. said...

I had to stop my speed scrolling just to check that US Paperback version! That is one attractive cover, and a perfect reinvention of the slightly busy US hardcover.

The Uk one is a bit busy and poster-like.