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I've never looked at book covers as a graphic designer before, I've only ever looked as a reader and an aesthete. But this past week I've been delving into the digital world of cover art and coming out with some pretty inspiring examples and a great direction for the book cover of On Starting Somewhere.
I am definitely someone who is biased towards beautiful cover art. Even different editions of the same book will fall into a hierarchy of design in my eyes. Another think I looked at was the list of best sellers on Amazon, where I'll be releasing the book on May 19. They will tell you themselves that good cover design is all important for an online purchase, because it is what makes your book stand out from the others amidst a whole lot of words.
Here's to hoping that the result will sell some copies and get the book out into the world! For now here are some book cover examples that I love with a nice retro vibe. I think I'm focusing on the Alvin Lustig model: Suggest, don’t explain.
There is a reason that the inspiration of fashion designers from Sci Fi films appears on the runway, then gets seriously desaturated before reaching the street. Some images below are examples from research for the Fashion & Tech event planning coming up this year, and for an upcoming piece breaking down the elements that we can take home, and those we should leave at the cinema.