I judge books by their covers. Literally. And so does everyone else.
Lately, I’ve handed down some pretty harsh judgments. Not many covers have really called to me in recent months. In fact, the covers that catch my eye tend to be the least obnoxious, the ones with the simplest designs and quietest colors.
For instance, check out Boris Kachka’s HOTHOUSE.
I mean, c’mon. That’s a pretty cool cover. Nice color contrast and some fancy text. This book has absolutely everything going for it. Check out Jane’s post, and you’ll see what I mean.
What about this one?
Chad Harbach’s THE ART OF FIELDING has a pretty similar style to Kachka’s HOTHOUSE, and again, I love it. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong designing a book cover with some nice colors, and flowing script.
Once again, less is more:
One of my all-time favorite reads, too. But I’ll get to that in another blog.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: this guy just doesn’t like book covers with pictures. Wrong!
One chair leaning against another chair: that’s some real stuff. Simple yet beautiful.
And the minimalist cover to end all minimalist covers:
In case you missed it:
Who wouldn’t want to pick this book up and see what it’s about? ONE RED PAPERCLIP by Kyle MacDonald may just have the best cover of them all.
So I guess I’m a minimalist. (What would my parents think?) How about you guys? What are some of your favorite book covers?