Designing book covers is really a creative and artistic task for a designer. A number of research studies have revealed that most of the random buyers buy books just due to their attractive and unique cover designs, however, this is not true about the regular book lovers. Moreover, some people buy books merely for adoring their drawing room and office shelves.
The cover is the mirror of a book and it shows off the summery and theme of the subject matter of a book. Therefore, covers should always be epic, relevant and striking.
Here we list down the most impress book cover designs.
The thing about book covers is that they should be simple, highly creative and they should abstractly define the story inside. Keeping these things in mind, I have made this collection below.
The Best Book Cover Designs
Last Last Chance
Last Last Chance is a novel written by Fiona Maazel. Its cover was designed by Henry Yee. It is said that the cover designed had been a key factor in the blockbuster sale of this novel. This is due to the fact that cover shows a rainbow split into two parts, which describes that the novel is about a love lost. This cover depicts the whole theme of the novel, telling the readers that they are going to get some sad story of a lover.
The Paradox Of Choice
This is a simple design but it goes deep down the imagination of a viewer. The picture of a supermarket used in the cover is quite relevant to the name and theme of the book. The Paradox Of Choice, written by Barry Schwartz, is a satire over the democratic norms and the variety of choices available in every field. The book tells that so much variety of products in markets has raised the level of confusion in buyers. The cover design describes the whole story quite clearly and impressively.
South Of The Border, West Of The Sun
South Of The Border, West Of The Sun is a short novel, written by a Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami. This novel tells the story of a boy Hajime and a polio-affected girl Shimamoto who grow together, marry each other, split off and then reunite. If you take a look over the cover the novel, you can easily comprehend the entire story. The cover shows the half faces of a male and a female. The eye of male shows his discomfort despite his being perfect in life while the eye of female shows contentment despite her being impaired. The plot of the novel also portrays the same thing.
The Psychopath Test
The Psychopath Test, written by Jon Ronson, had been the best seller of 2012. The cover of the book shows two conditions of life. The left black and white part that contains the snap of a rabbit depicts peace, sanity and wisdom while the right yellow part that features a wild leopard and red rough font illustrates the insane, disrupted and abnormal aspect of human life. This is the theme of the whole book. What a perfect cover indeed!
Killing The Buddah
This book cover was regarded as the second best of 2004. This is an unusual, strange, and out of the box design with no book title and author name. But, if viewed keenly, it represents the theme what the book is all about. Killing Of The Buddah was about nothingness, solitude and salvation. The red cross over the green cloudy sky shows that the beautiful and charming world has been denied.
The Road is a novel written by Cormc McCarthy. The cover was designed by Nick Lowndes. The simple design showing autumn trees alongside a road where a sun and his father are walking along with their baggage represents the story of the book clearly.
In this cover, Coralie Bickford Smith has used led pencils of different colors, shapes, sizes and forms to depict the art of crafting various things by using simple tools.
How The Dead Live
In this book of Derek Raymond, artist, Christopher King, has used a plate that is breaking down. The shape of the plate is like a human face and the background color of the book is red—-this represents the mystery of life after death.
The Disappointment Artist
In this book, Jonathan Letham, has beautifully described the story of an artist who is not satisfied with his works. On the cover, Marc Cozza has nicely depicted that story by showing a melting ice cream.
This book cover won the BSFA Best artwork award 2010. The artist, Joey Hi-Fi has made an incredible combination of animals, buildings and people through simple lines, drawings and colors. What a perfect artwork!
Heed The Thunder
Heed The Thunder is a classic novel of Jim Thompson. The cover of this book shows night sky with lightening over it. This truly paints the exact picture of what the novel is all about. The typeface text font makes it more interesting.
Alison Fornor has beautifully summarized Hugh Aldersey’s thoughts in this book cover. As this book is about the history of different elements, the artist has depicts various elements over the cover in a colorful manner.
Books Burn Badly
Books Burn Badly is a history of ancient Spain where burning of books was a culture. Over this cover, the designer has put the covers of 36 different books to showcase people’s apathy towards books.
The cover of this well-known book of Mario Puzo was designed by S. Neil Fujita. The large font over the cover shows power and strength while a hand pulling strings depicts the role of a godfather.
The Book Of Dead Philosophers
As this book is about dead people, the artist has depicted it nicely by placing a book in a laying position which symbolized death. The entire cover is empty with light grey background color—the color of clay.