Judging a Book by its Cover

August 15, 2007

Updike cover from EsquireThe design of book covers is a new challenge for me, a task in which I’ve so far had only mixed success.

Chip Kidd, art director at Alfred A. Knopf, has been doing it very successfully for twenty years. Esquire has posted a brief interview in which Kidd discusses his cover design process for novels by Martin Amis, Cormac McCarthy and John Updike.

(via Daring Fireball)



  1. Hey, fellow DF reader:) For book cover reviews, I’ve found this blog useful: http://covers.fwis.com/

  2. Designing book covers is indeed a very challenging affair. Not only does it have to convey the theme of the book, the publisher and author have to approve of it AND it has to look good on the shelves too. All the same, getting a small brief and then successfully expressing it in a graphic form has been an enjoyable process for me.

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