Book Covers of the Month - 8/29/19
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
This book is a fantastic read, and I'm so glad it got a cover that did it justice. Jarrod Taylor's design truly reflects on story within, from the 50s pulp style to the spooky tentacles doubling as Klansmen which perfectly captures the book's use of racism as horror.
The Hoarders by Scott Herring
David Drummond's cover manages to convey the cluttered, claustrophobic feel of hoarding while still remaining clean and structured enough to be readable and attractive.
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
By dividing the images into irregular shapes Joan Wong creates a sort of organized chaos on this cover, giving potential readers an idea of the tense narrative and fragmented style of the book. None of the images of the sheep or field line up, while those of the wolf do, which, along with the wolf imagery's larger size and plain background, gives the cover a strong focus and visual hierarchy.
Armada by Ernest Cline
Will Staehle is one of my favorite designers, and this cover is a great example of why. There's so many smart things going on with this design, from the creation of the A using the armada and the carefully structured cityscape, to how the A's composition directs the viewer's eye and creates an oppressive barrier around the city.
The Boy With the Tiger's Heart by Linda Coggin
This cover is one of the best examples of a "double exposure" look that I've come across. Levente Szabó makes use of this format a lot, and all his work is beautiful, but this one benefits the most from it. Rather than simply placing a background with another image's shape, it uses that background to help create the shape and coloring of the tiger, further connecting the two images.