The 10 Best Book Covers
You Want It Darker?
Well, it’s officially fall. The days are getting darker, and so are the book covers—or maybe it’s just that the book covers I’m gravitating to most this month are those that reflect the general blackening mood of anyone who cares about human dignity, the planet, and the future of democracy. Either way, here are ten of the best.
The art is the showstopper here: tender and frightening at the same time. The text treatment and simple, slightly textured backdrop just enhance it and bring it to the fore.
I’m always a sucker for a fragmented design, and this one, which looks like a collection of disordered scraps from a single painting (their rounded corners take it to the next level of surreality), is a particularly beautiful one.
Covers that rely on a photograph, especially one that exists in space, like this one, can be hit or miss—but this odd beauty is definitely a hit.
This is another combination that almost always works for me: an old painting + experimentation with scale + a striking text treatment. Can’t go wrong.
The National Mall without the Washington Monument, the horizon instead obscured by a sort of black haze, sets the perfect tone for Rankine’s frank examination of American whiteness.
Eat your heart out, Wes Anderson.
These big painted faces have been all the rage on book covers lately, but this is one of my favorites because of how instantly it conveys an emotion.
I love this elegant evocation of the ubiquitous phone—turned away from the viewer, so it lights up the background. Amazing what you can do with a familiar shape and a bit of light.
One of the best collage covers I’ve ever seen (and I have seen quite a few).
An absolutely gorgeous use of negative space.