As a young child, I was taught the inevitable cliché all parents teach their children—never judge a book by its cover. But as a graphic designer, that has proved to be one of the hardest things to do! I am also an avid reader, and I own the Kindle (first generation). As it is black and white and only shows the cover of a book for a nano second, I can get passed reading books with unappealing sleeves and lackluster type; however, that also means that I get to miss out on all of the fantastic covers that would usually draw me in, and make me pick up a book I might not have otherwise thought of perusing.
As Chip Kidd said in his recent TED talk (if you haven’t seen it—it’s a must), “Much is to be gained by eBooks: ease, convenience, portability. But something is definitely lost: tradition, a sensual experience, the comfort of thingy-ness — a little bit of humanity.” I couldn’t agree more. So this weekend, I decided to take a trip to my local Barnes and Nobles (RIP Borders), and walked the aisles for a few hours in a state of nostalgia. Below are just twenty of the covers that I have been missing out on with my handy-dandy digital reader. I believe I might have to own some of them just for their beautiful designs (as I have many books that I own for that very same reason—I am a designer, it’s for inspiration…I can justify it!).
What are some of your favorite book designs? Comment away!