I started buying books with plants in them to use as reference in drawings, but since there isn't a lot of variation content-wise in books like this, I ended up buying books only based on how they look. My only requirements are that they have a nice cover and have lots of pictures inside.
With the cactus and wildflower books, I didn't really like the dust jacket design, but when I took them off I found that I really liked the design that was directly on the cover. These designs were just supposed to give the bare minimum information about the book, with very minor illustration, but I ended up liking them a lot more that the actual cover.
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These covers all use text and no images (I'm not counting letters as images, since that's worth a post on its own). A cover design like this comes off as pretty aggressive and confrontational, so it's hard not to notice covers like this. The color and font choices in these are really strong, although I do have some little things I would change.
I don't like the kerning between the A and R in To Raise a Nation, and the black space between the A and K in Naked Lunch is distracting. The font for The Short Fiction of Norman Mailer I like a lot, it reminds me of the font for Hiroshima, though less compressed. On Portnoy's Complaint there's a lot of text, which could become too busy, but the modern serif font and bright yellow draw attention to the title enough to offset that (I'd still prefer less text on the cover, though). And, I pretty much only bought that Lydia Davis book because of its cover, but I've ended up really liking it.
Despite having picky little things I would change, I like these covers a lot. I appreciate how simple they are, and they remind me that something doesn't need to be complex to be well-designed. Actually, a lot of the time it's the opposite.
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I buy a lot of books. I like having them around me and piling them up in my apartment, but I don't get around to reading them all. I just like how they look and feel, and I especially like finding a book with a cool looking cover.
So, I'm starting this blog to post pictures of my books, specifically ones with covers I like. I won't even necessarily like the book, I'm just focusing on the cover.
My plan is to post weekly for now, on Wednesdays. In the future, I may post things other than book covers, and I may stretch the theme a bit. I may also start posting process pics of what I'm working on. For now, it'll just be book covers, though.
To start, here's Run to Death by Patrick Quentin.