As anyone who reads my evangalising of Coralie Bickford-Smith (and here) would know, I’ve got a bit of a passion for book covers (hasn’t all bibliophiles?), and although I never fall foul of that old adage of judging a book by its cover, I’ve got a bad habit of replacing ‘same title’ books in my collection for ones with better cover designs (it’s a habit that seriously drives my wife nuts!! )).
So loving book cover design so much, I was delighted to find that Joseph Sullivan over at the Book Design Review has posted an excellent rundown of his favourite book covers of 2008. Joseph may not have any from my favourite cover design ‘deity’ in his list, but his choices are ensured to take you on a phantasmagorical cover-lust journey )
Take Jonathan Gray’s (Gray 318) typography rich cover design for Nathaniel Rich’s novel The Mother’ Tongue, Jennifer Carrow’s minimal yet easily interpreted design for Eric G. Wilson’s Against Happiness or Jonathan Gray again, with his ingeniously designed and sumptuous (I’ve seen this in the flesh and it’s nicely embossed with gold) cover design for Karen Maitland’s Company of Liars; all beautiful covers and all excellent choices by Joseph.
So get yourself along to Joseph’s place and check out the choices for his Favorite Book Covers of 2008, and while you’re there you can also vote on which one of the batch is your own favourite. Oh and the fun doesn’t end there – Joseph also links to his book cover choices for the past three years as well.