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  1.  (60.1)
    Kelcey: WOW! I''m a Lethem fan (read Fortress of Solitude, reading Motherless Brooklyn) and those covers are a wonder.

    Anyway...

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      CommentAuthorSean K
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    I'm in the same thinking as you Kelcey. I like the old style dimestore hardboiled books. I especially like the HardCaseCrime line. Typically both on the outside and in-between the covers.

    Dead Street
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      CommentAuthorGypsy
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    Some more:



    Translucent cover...mmm....


    Heavy enough to knock someone out cold

    Also massive

    Stunning artwork there

    Another great painting.

    Designed by Chip Kidd
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      CommentAuthorbschory
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    I've always really liked the cover design on this. Simple and elegant:

    Beowulf
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      CommentAuthorAdam Violent
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007 edited
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    Gasp. No shout out to Chip Kidd? Cheese Monkeys is a thing of awesomeness. Not only is it a thing of quick fun reading, but the hardcover is something to behold. Designed by Kidd himself (him being a graphic designer first), it's just covered in great typography and hidden things. The font even changes partway through the book for certain reasons that may become obvious, should you even notice it consciously.



    Note that this is the paperback cover. You have to actually see the hardcover in person because otherwise it's somewhat plain straight-on in product photos.

    Also my friend's sister has gotten some recognition lately for her book designs. I like this one quite a lot (reminds me of Tom Waits's "Alice")



    Also also, I'm astounded at the consistently shit designs Show Crash has. One of the most incredible science fiction novels and it looks like burning assfire.
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    Hey, I gave a shout-out to Chip Kidd. See?

    - Zachary -
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    Hey, I gave a shout-out to Chip Kidd. See?

    - Zachary -


    So you did. I am blind. Kudos, sir.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    These aren't real, but damn I wish they were...
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      CommentAuthorJoey Stone
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    The best designed book I've seen lately is the Magnum compendium by Thames and Hudson:

    Magnum Magnum

    Beautiful book, and it's so big it comes with its own carrying case. I was lucky enough to visit Thames and Hudson recently and talk to the Assistant Design Director Aaron Hayden - really nice guy and very interesting. Hopefully I'll be doing some work experience there soon.
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      CommentAuthorturing
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    Ariana, those Verne covers are beautiful. That and the "Future Classics" series make me hate the banality of most modern SF book design all the more.
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      CommentAuthorJohn Smith
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    Isnotchicago, I feel the same way about those Bukowski editions. I got into his work sometime last year before these new ones came out so most of mine have that old paper style-- really fits with his style. I do dig the cover of that new one, though. If it grabs some eyeballs and gets the old man a few new readers then I'm happy.
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    As for the topic, I did kinda dig Frank's cover for Gravity's Rainbow:
    Pynchon's
  5.  (60.13)
    Sweet and Low: A Family Story, has the world's best cover design. Even the bar code is integrated!


    Sweet and Low
    • CommentAuthorrobb
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    either Print or HOW or Eye magazine once presented a history of "Lolita" covers. Nabokov explicitly stated to the publisher that it should not show a little girl. nearly half of the editions since completely ignore (or forget) that request. some of the best just showed a butterfly, or were plainly typeset.
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      CommentAuthoriangil
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    All of the Chris Ware books are brilliantly designed, with an incredible attention to detail which the following image does not at all convey BUT OH WELL:
    Jimmy Corrigan

    And I really liked Muller's design on the Popbot collection:
    Link
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007 edited
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    Banksy's book "Wall and Piece". This cover intrigued me so much I couldn't help but pick it up. Anyone who loves street art should pick it up.

    banksy

    Clive Barker's book "Mister B. Gone". Not one of my favorite books, especially since I was seeing it as an amateurish version of "I, Lucifer" by Glenn Duncan. But the cover and overall design of the book is amazing.

    Mister B. Gone
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    @Kelcey

    Those Letham covers are awesome. His US covers that I've seen are no where near that striking and he's popular enough and good enought (from what I've heard, haven't read him yet) that he shouldn't get the largely unspectacular US covers that he does.

    @John Smith, that scan doesn't do miller's cover justice. my edition at least is much more black and white with the red title jumping out at you. Any of the Penguin Deluxe editions are great.

    @Robin, I picked up the Clive Barker at work the other day to shelve it and was floored by the total design cover to cover, you pick it up and flip through it and it's almost like you're stumbling on an ancient book there by accident, it's great when the design really gets into the book itself, past the cover or dust jackets.

    going back to the penguin deluxe ones, the Penguin Classic Deluxe Editions are pretty funny. It's a clever repackaging of a book whose cover tends not to matter so they don't take them too seriously. Let me dig up some pictures of the front covers, though you need to see the whole thing in print since the whole front back spine and flaps have the great little cartoons on them.


    The last one for Candide is especially nice in person, there's a gold edging around the title and the stock for the paperback cover seem to work better than some of the others since I think (i could be wrong...) that it's beige to begin with where the others are white and printed over.
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    Quimby Mouse...  Always great design.
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    Pictures that Tick, Dave Mckean
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
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