Blog Post 2: The Bloggening
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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