I would imagine that nobody hates the expression don’t judge a book by its cover more than an actual book cover designer. Obviously, the metaphor isn’t really about books – but still, that’s gotta sting a little. Let’s face it, if people didn’t actually “judge books by their covers”, there would be a lot of graphic designers out of a job. The need for company branding, attractive packaging or promotional material of any kind would be non-existent; thus leaving the lowly graphic designer nothing short of obsolete.
So in the spirit of judging books by their covers, I’ve compiled a list of 38 Brilliant Book Cover Arts that I find inspiring. Did I miss any that inspire you?
The Great Brain Suck: And Other American Epiphanies
Censoring an Iranian Love Story
The Unabridged Pocketbook of Lightning
Eastside Bookshop logo by Mihail Mihaylov
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by nategonz