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Friday, August 21, 2009

Five for Friday, 8.21.09

A new, fairly regular (?) feature here at The BDR: Five for Friday, a commentary-free* posting of 5 covers that have recently caught my eye.

*That is, no commentary from me. You, of course, should comment as we here in Chicago vote: early and often.

The Confessions of Edward Day, design by Emily Mahon:


The Prince, design by Jaya Miceli:


The Time It Takes to Fall, design by Catherine Casalino:


The Act of Love, design by Catherine Casalino:


Marx's General, design by Charles Brock:


(PS: All these images come from portfolios on design:related. Got a portfolio there? Join The Book Design Review network so I can see it.)

9 comments:

Tropolist said...
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Tropolist said...

I like that the cover of "The Prince" doesn't take the standard approach for old books of just whacking a portrait of the author on the front. And Penguin Classics is usually the worst offender (Look at the Goethe section).

Pauline said...

"The Prince" is inspired from one of the numerous Metropolis posters ( http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/Geography/geog277/metropolis1.jpg ). I'm wondering what's the real point to assemble Metropolis and The Prince… even if the two "stories" may be somewhat close.

I like Penguin Classics, their covers are very classical, but the choice of the pictures is always good IMHO.

lindsay said...

"The Confessions..." cover is amazing! I'm loving the way it tricks my eye and plays with dimension. Thanks for posting!

Raina said...

Love "The Time It Takes..." except for that totally humdrum font choice. Talk about a way to kill a cover!

Ian Shimkoviak said...

Confessions and Prince are just amazing. Really well executed and well thought-out covers. I would be interested to see a exposé of Confessions on FaceOut books to see how that cut out effect was created: Digital or by hand....

Joseph said...

Ian, that's a great idea re. Confessions. Get going, Msrs. Gabbert & Brock!

book design 101 said...

time it takes to fall....why am i so not impressed? type should have followed in a similar handlettering to the stars, no?

alan said...

I feel Time It Takes to Fall works well. The type feels more tangible, like the "reality" of the photo. Coupled with the stars, it adds a sense of tension between real and surreal, maybe? I don't know, I like it!