Confession: Designing book covers is my dream gig.
Because of this, I basically stalk my favorite book designers online. Not confessing whom– just telling you this is bad enough– but I may or may not keep a secret Pinterest board of their designs. THERE. I SAID IT.
That being said, one of my favorite things to do is rate book covers in my head whenever I’m browsing for new reads. Lately, I’ve been SEVERELY crushing on the lasted batch of retro inspired book covers that have come out recently. So clean, so simple, so font centered. They remind me so much of the design aesthetic of the 70s, where the main focus was the title font, with little to no graphics. ::sigh:: I swoon over these covers.
Moyes and Roth
From the first moment I saw Jojo Moyes covers, I immediately thought of Philip Roth. Nothing but text and color. It looks at though all of Ms. Moyes US editions are getting this same cover treatment and I APPROVE OF THIS GREATLY.
Moran and Plath
This one’s a bit of a cheat in that the Plath cover is a 2005 reprint, however, I call it fair game because the font on both is from the 1978 paperback edition. Either way, I’m digging the grainy cover and I will never turn my back on a font with “B’s” like those.
Dunham and Rossner
The pink and black. The ALL CAPS. The serifs. I DIE. I’ve seen a lot of dislike for Dunham’s book cover design, but I pretty much love everything about it. It’s aggressive without being overwhelming, which I think fits the author quite well.
And now for an extra. Not entirely in line with my font centered crushes here, BUT, when Neil Patrick Harris does anything, he pretty much nails it with awesome– LIKE HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY. It’s Neil Patrick Harris doing a CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE cover. Y’ALL. I will buy this book for the cover alone. It’s perfection.