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!

// The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol. III

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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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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!

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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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