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Aug 6 2014

On Books and Covers

by Joseph M

girl with the dragon tattoo cover

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes an eye-catching graphic provides the impetus to pick up a book that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. If you’ve ever wondered who comes up with the ideas for those covers, you may be interested in a recent New York Times article profiling Peter Mendelsund, associate art director for the publishing house Alfred A. Knopf. You may recognize his work on this cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Although he has designed literally hundreds of book covers over the course of his career, the one that gave him the most trouble was for his own first book. Read more by clicking here.

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Merle August 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM

If you enjoyed reading about Peter Mendelsund take a look at this video of Jurassic Park cover designer Chip Kidd’s Ted Talk.

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