There has been a lot of book release talk over the past few weeks, from the announcement of the publication Harper Lee’s prequel to To Kill A Mockingbird and Kazuo Ishiguro’s return to the literary world after a 10 year hiatus with the fantasy The Buried Giant (an event fittingly marked with another lovely Peter Mendelsund cover pictured above). We thought we’d get involved by judging the 2015 book releases solely by their covers. So below, have a look at some of the covers and trends that have caught our eye.
We’re noticing that in and amongst all the visual clutter of the world, some designers are keeping it mega simple. These have no illustration, no image; just text in black and white. Miranda July’s book has been all hype for good reason and we love the simplicity of the cover. Karen Joy Fowler also went for plain and simple for her latest cover. Similarly Penguin have managed to pull another series out of the bag with their recently launched Little Black Classics, 80 classics at 80p, to celebrate their 80 years in publishing. Traditional design, yes, but check out the snazzy little dial on their website, which to us feels incredibly modern.
As if to herald in the spring we finally hope is appearing, we’ve also noticed plenty of leafy silhouettes, natural elements…. and a very fine looking deer. Case in point(s) from the covers for Thomas Pierce, Ann Packer and Per Petterson.
We’ve always been big fans of the abstract – and particularly when that presents itself in designs that err towards the funky and futuristic. Great examples here for new releases from Vladimir Pistalo, Peter Buwalda and Joshua Cohen.