I'm Eve Siegel, filling in for Joe. I've been wondering how other book cover designers approach the assignment of "type only" cover design. Here are three that are probably known to all of you. I love the fact that all three convey a strong concept using only type, or type and color. And maybe that's always the answer—concept first, and it doesn't necessarily matter if you have a photo or illustration.
Designer: Jennifer Carrow
Designer: Peter Mendelsund
If all else fails, I could try these folks, and get the type in mustard, chocolate, leaves, or any number of materials.
What's your approach to this kind of assignment?