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Monday, February 16, 2009

Stone's Fall

Design by Peter Mendelsund

I wouldn't normally get excited about a cover like this -- we've all seen the stock certificate motif before -- but the random orientation really helps this along, and the bloody splatter is fun and clearly marks this as mystery fiction.

PS: The "JS" on the stock certificate presumably refers to John Stone, the protagonist.


Ian Koviak said...

that is very interesting. To have come to the decision to boldly tilt it in that direction is very adventurous, because yes, this could have been a very ordinary looking piece. The typography is very elegant. The only bit of cheese I feel here is the little, tiny body in the blood splatter that looks more like something you would violently blow out of your bloody nose after a fight.

I wonder what the "JS" on the certificate stands for. Is that standard issue on stock certificates? Or is it adding a level of meaning from the story?

Anonymous said...

I love everything about this except the body in the blood. I don't really get how it fit's with the otherwise elegant design - the blood is enough to translate the idea. I also think the cover would look much more sinister and mysterious if the blood was spattered in more than one place.

Anonymous said...

I feel as if this is taken from a birds-eye view, as if the man has fallen a great height, then splattered onto the page below. Very cool.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous: That makes sense, because it explains the really really tiny blood splatters (they'd be from a great distance). Otherwise, that really doesn't look much like blood...more like the Graffiti tool in MS Paint.

Anonymous said...

I love this. It's beautiful. Enough said.

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