Cover Coverage – A Design Journey

S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst

As the days grow longer and the dark creeps in earlier and earlier, there is nothing I enjoy more than curling up on the couch with a good book and a totally over-sized mug of hot chocolate. My current obsession is the new J.J. Abrams/Doug Dorst book S.. This book is a riddle wrapped up in a mystery wrapped up in an enigma to say the least – not to mention a compelling read! The double story line, the hand scrawled notes in the margins, the ephemera shoved between the pages, the yellowed pages, and even that old book smell  wrap you up in the story. Even if you’re an e-reading fiend like I am, this is one book that is worth its weight in paper; this is one book you need in hard copy to truly experience the visceral revelry within its pages. This book is an amazing testament to the art of writing and great book design.

In my opinion, the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” is one of the most overused and ignored sayings in the English language. A compelling cover design makes you pluck that innocuous book up off the shelf, open it up, and let the story transport you to a different, almost magical, place. The ability of great designer to convey the magic within with a single image that compels you to hand your time, imagination and heart over to the words within, is not something that can be easily overlooked.

As the month of November draws to a close, NaNoWriMo‘s 30 Covers, 30 Days initiative is quickly coming to an end. This week our journey into book cover design transports us in to the future where Earth is nothing but a tourist stop for aliens, a fantasy world filled with dungeons and dragons, and a future riddled with numbers. Designers, Alberto Rigau, Felix Sockwell, Bill Klingensmith, Santiago Carrasquilla, Tanner Woodford, and Jennifer and Ken Visocky O’Grady, have truly out done themselves, bringing these words and world to life with their cover design. Take a trip through the covers below and enjoy the magic of the marriage between the written word and design.

Hover over the images below to read the synopsis that inspired cover you’re viewing and click the image to learn more about the author, the designer, and the book behind the cover.

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u3692_lolitaFor more great cover designs check out Lolita – The Story Of A Cover Girl, and explore 80 renowned designers’ take on Vladimir Nabokov’s classic novel, Lolita, available now at