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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Why You Should Read Kafka Before You Waste Your Life

Design and lettering by Steve Snider
Illustration by Douglas Smith


Try not to smile when you see this amongst other books next time you're in the bookstore. I double dog dare you.

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13 comments:

MMMm said...

The only thing I dislike is the photorealism of Kafka's face. I wish it had been drawn in the same pulpy style as the vermin.

Austin Kleon said...

I wonder if the designer was inspired by Peter Kuper's scratchboard adaptations of Kafka?

jayface said...

Love the cover.

The "photorealism" of Kafka's face provides contrast and establishes visual hierarchy for me. I also find it entertaining since there are those authors who love to put a big mug shot of themselves on back of their books. If it was "illustrated" you might miss that...

James said...

It's the reader's crossed legs that really make this work, I think.

Joseph said...

James: I think you're absolutely right about the legs.

The Book Designer said...

This is perfect. Wonderful idea and great execution. Pays to work with illustrators.

Amanda said...

Great picture! I'm going to have to check this book out, haha!

Amanda
http://5-squared.blogspot.com

Leigh said...

I think the photorealism was meant to *imply* those "authors who love to put a big mug shot of themselves on back of their books".

Love it. Just totally.

jayface said...

Exactly... thanks leigh.

Anonymous said...

I am trying to find Douglas Smith who also did the Wicked cover and illustrations. If you have a way for him to reach me please have him email me at thegentree then the at sign yahoo then the dot com

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lorelei said...

Also reminiscent of Crumb's Life of Kafka (holy cow, what a screwed up guy)

Anonymous said...

a little twee, I think