Inspiration: Interesting & Unique Typographic Book Covers

by Callum Chapman

August 23, 2010 in Resources

Books offer graphic designers, illustrators and typographers a great way to expand their portfolios. There are endless possibilities that can be explored when designing for book covers, and often are explored, as can be seen in this post.

I’ve had an increased interest in book covers recently after putting together another showcase at The Inspiration Blog on minimalistic book covers, since then I have been browsing for book cover inspiration daily so thought I would share some of my findings here at DesignM.ag. This showcase presents a collection of 64 typographic book covers, all of which are interesting and are genuinely unique. The books themselves are crossed between a number of

Coney Island of the Mind

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Eight Weeks of Bruce

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Estrella Distante

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Exit Ghost

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Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme

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We Must Not Slump In Dejection Or Shut Ourselves Away

Jenny & The Jaws of Life

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Lose Weight Through Great Sex With Celebrities

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Man Alone With Himself

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Nice Big American Baby

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Nocturno de Chile

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Outer Dark

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Provisional – Emerging Modes of Architectual Practice USA

Slagschaduw

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Stone

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Suttree

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The American Civil War

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The Areas Of My Expertise

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The Crossing

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The Future Of An Illusion

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Last Magazine

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The Next Hundred Million – America In 2050

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The Road

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What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains

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The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead

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The Wannsee Conference Solution

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Then We Came To The End

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We Are Friction

Why I Am So Wise

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All The Pretty Horses

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Astonishing Splashes Of Colour

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Blood Meridian

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Capture The Flag

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Century Rain

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Child Of God

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Cities Of The Plain

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Eating Animals

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El Fercer Reich

Everything Is Illuminated

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The Fortress Of Solitude

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I’m OK

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Superman!

Los Detectives Saluajes

Love Today

Meditations

No Country For Old Men

Oh The Glory Of It All

Poe’s Children – The New Horror

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Rendezvous With Rama

Spade & Archer

Sun And Shadow

Tandafslag

The Angry Island

The Autograph Man

The End

The Last Days Of Publishing

The Lost Art Of Walking

The Orchard Keeper

The Seven Days Of Peter Crumb

The Short Novels Of John Steinbeck

The Unabridged Pocket Book Of Lightning

The War On Words

Typography TDC

What Is All This

As can be seen above, there are a lot of areas to explore with book covers – for young, budding designers, redesigning the cover of your favorite book is a superb way to learn new skills and increase the size and quality of your portfolio.

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About Callum Chapman

Self-Employed Blogger, Author, Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Founder of Circlebox Blog and DesignGiveaways.

  • @_JJunior

    Aug 23rd

    I liked very much, I love typography!

  • Kate Fosson

    Aug 23rd

    My favorite book comes to mind… DRY, by Augusten Burroughs.
    http://www.amazon.com/Dry-Memoir-Augusten-Burroughs/dp/0312423799/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1282607900&sr=8-1
    Great bleeding text.

  • Bing Roo

    Aug 23rd

    Wow, OK now that is what I am talking about. Wow.

    Lou
    http://www.anon-web.at.tc

  • Neda

    Aug 24th

    Awesome collection, Thank you.

  • crusher machine

    Aug 24th

    I have to say this artucle is the most excellent ia have ever seen.

  • John

    Aug 24th

    Hey, Designm.ag, next time you want to produce an article with 50+ links that actually WORK, try linking directly to the g*dd*mn website instead of going through your own little URL re-director. Thanks for making my time on this page a living hell whilst I re-type the names of each book that I like directly into Amazon’s search bar. What a time saver. I’ll make sure to never visit this site again, in case I read poorly-designed page with links that, once again, will not work. Much appreciation. And 6 or 7 Cormac McCarthy covers almost completely identical? Wow, you find his designer THAT enthralling? Amazing. Or perhaps just trying to bulk up your list since your intro was so slender. Thanks again for wasting my time.

  • Amelia Johnson

    Aug 24th

    The typography is brilliant. Book covers a great for viewing some amazing designs. ‘Then We Came To The End’ Is definitely my favourite.

  • Ben

    Aug 24th

    I’ve always really liked the book cover for “Watchmen” (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Watchmen-Alan-Moore/dp/0930289234/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1282641766&sr=8-12), thought the typography on that was good.

    I even tried to mimic it in a design i tried which you can see over in my blog (http://www.ehhwhat.co.uk/blog/?p=83)

    Favourite here is “No country for old men” and “we are the friction”

  • oliver

    Aug 24th

    Some cool covers here. Thanks for sharing. I like No Country For Old Men, stone, the road…

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  • Globinch

    Aug 24th

    cool covers!

  • Mary

    Aug 24th

    These are amazing. I especially want to read “We Are Friction”, now. Though I am disappointed in the lack of ghost boats, the sentient muffin makes up for it.

  • Victoria Blount

    Aug 24th

    This is an immense collection of typographical front covers, definitely an inspirational post, so many eclectic style and genres.

  • Gabriel Lampert

    Aug 24th

    It’s ercer Reich.

  • Online Printing Service

    Aug 24th

    Great post! I love typography =)

  • Web Designers

    Aug 24th

    Thanks for sharing… I like the Orchard Keeping and The Last Days of Publishing.. really great thanks!

  • pierre marcar

    Aug 24th

    What a visual feast, please keep on adding more fascinating book covers. Nicely done.

  • Judy

    Aug 24th

    David Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day is another one.

    http://www.amazon.com/Me-Talk-Pretty-One-Day/dp/0316776963

  • DesignMango

    Aug 25th

    Some really great examples of typography

  • Arslan

    Aug 25th

    Great post!
    Thanks for sharing

  • Machin Web Design

    Aug 26th

    Excellent collection! We are the friction FTW!

  • Mandeep Khunkhuna

    Aug 27th

    This is a great collection of book covers that show great use of typography. I think the Rendezvous With Rama book cover is amazing. I love the simplicity of the design for the cover. The way the typography has been displayed, really does make this cover stand out from the crowd.

  • SiewShuen

    Aug 27th

    nice collection ! pretty hard to come out with good typography. great works ! Thanks for sharing

  • HDR Textures

    Sep 2nd

    Nice design work

  • booklet printing

    May 3rd

    Won! nice work!

  • Infiniti Dealers summit NJ

    May 6th

    Would love to constantly get updated outstanding web blog!

  • Book Design

    May 18th

    What a great collection of cover designs for books.

  • עוד" מקרקעין

    Jul 15th

    greast post Callum, in my opinion the best book cover is ‘Jenny & The Jaws of Life’. You pulled out a fantastic collection of cover books. thanks for sharing the covers.

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