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The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol VIII

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I’ve done a Comfort of Thingy-ness post! So you know what that means…a new round up of some of my favorite covers! In case you missed them, check out Vol I/II/III/IV/V/VI/VII! What have been some of your recent favorites?

Also, if you love book covers as much as I do, you should check out the Great American Novels 1000 piece puzzle (sold only at Barnes and Noble)! I made it a few weeks back, and now it sits as a permanent (for the foreseeable future) part of my coffee table decor.

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15. March 2017 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol VII

Its been quite a while since I’ve done a roundup of some awesome book covers, which means it’s time for an all new edition of The Comfort of Thingy-ness (check out Vol I/II/III/IV/V/VI)! What have been some of your recent favorites (cover and books)? Comment away!

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14. March 2016 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol VI

It’s time for yet another edition of The Comfort of Thingy-ness (check out Vol I/II/III/IV/V)! I’ve come across some pretty awesome covers lately, and of course wanted to share! What have been some of your recent favorites (cover and books)? Comment away!

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03. November 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol V

It’s time for another edition of The Comfort of Thingy-ness (check out Vol I/II/III/IV)! I’ve come across a plethora of awesome book covers, and wanted to share. What have been some of your recent favorites? Comment away!

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18. June 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol IV

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” – Charles Dickens

Although I sincerely hope that what’s in between the covers is inspiring too, sometimes the mastery of the cover design overtakes the writing. Being a designer, I’ve purchased an insane amount of books based purely on their design. I mostly purchase tangible books (since now I read everything on my Kindle) purely on their aesthetic appeal to me. I continuously use them for inspiration when working on projects, and in an odd way they lift my spirits when I am sitting at my office desk and looking over at them on my bookshelf. Below, you can check out some of my favorites over the past few months! What have been some of your top book designs over the past year? Sound off!

* Check out The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol I/II/III!

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17. February 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol III

It’s been quite a while since I posted The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol II, so I’ve been compiling a list of some of my favorite book covers, and I’ve finally been able to narrow the list down to 24! I just love going to Barnes and Noble and getting lost in the beauty of all the book covers. I can walk around for hours, just touching and smelling (yes, I am one of those people that LOVES the smell of books) everything in sight. Although, as I mentioned in my previous posts I buy my books on the Kindle, it’s nice to sometimes get lost in the world of the tangible. What are some of your favorite book covers? Sound off!

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09. December 2013 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The Great Gatsby and Its Many Covers

On April 10th, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, turned 87 years old. The original cover designed by Francis Coradal-Cugat, depicts a disembodied face floating in the night sky (top left). It is one of the prominent images in literature, but that hasn’t kept book cover designers from trying to outdo the classic. Below, check out just some of the many published variations of the book, not to mention the various different versions created by design students (which are floating all over the internet)! It’s absolutely intriguing to examine which part of the story each designer took to be the pivotal aspect which they explored in their cover design. What are some of your favorites? Was the original cover the best? Sound off!

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15. April 2013 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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It All Begins With A Letter…

I am so excited, because today I am driving to Harrisburg, PA to hear Jessica Hische speak—in one of her only speaking engagements in the United States this year! The best part? She’ll be signing copies of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” from the Penguin Drop Caps series, which she designed—so, hopefully I’ll get both an autograph and a photo :)

In case you havent heard, Penguin Drop Caps is a series of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature, each featuring on its cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer, Jessica Hische. Each gift-sized book features a foil-stamped case and a decorative color stain on all three paper edges. As a whole, the series design encompasses a rainbow-hued color spectrum across all twenty-six book spines. The Penguin Drop Caps debuted with titles A through F, G through L are set to debut April 30th, and the rest of the books are set to be released in sets throughout the year. They are selling for roughly $13 and up on Amazon, and if you’re up for visiting a book store, Barnes and Nobles has them for $16 and up.

p.s. If you follow me on Twitter—@svetsxpres, I’ll be tweeting from the event tonight!…

14. March 2013 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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Fabulous Examples of Reimagined Book Covers

Have you ever read a book, or saw a book cover and wanted to redesign it into something completely different? The below designers did just that with their favorite books. As soon as I am done with the quote project (in 24 weeks) I might re-design some covers as one of the few projects I have planned for next year. Check out the quick snapshots below, and make sure to visit the designer’s project pages for the fantastic closeups of each book.

Richie Stewart

Matt Roeser

Ashley Armour Kittrell

Jim Tierney

Mikey Burton

Tim Phelan

Jillian Tamaki

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15. August 2012 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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