Digital Resources of the Week: Book Cover Design

Graphic design, illustration, printmaking, painting. All types of artwork decorate the covers of books. 50 Watts is Will Schofield’s beautiful blog about book jackets and book illustrations. Schofield is a Philadelphia-based book dealer and you can read more about him in Steven Heller’s “Design Blogs: The New Museums” for The Atlantic (from May 19, 2011).

from Ruth Marten's 2007 Histoire Un Naturelle
from Ruth Marten's 2007 Histoire Un Naturelle

Navigation will allow you to search the blog by topics such as artists’ books, photography or film. Click on the image for a short description, more high resolution images from the book (if available), and links to resources about the book. ¬†Schofield also provides an image index and resource links.

Are you a digital reader and missing the great designs of printed book covers? Check out Craig Mod‘s essay “Hack the Cover” and gain some insight into 21st century book jacket display. Also watch designer Chip Kidd’s TED talk “Designing Books is No Laughing Matter: OK, It Is.” Then, learn more about the history and art of book jacket design by searching the UArts Libraries catalog for the subject “book covers“.

from a 1925 Japanese edition of Aesop's Fables
from a 1925 Japanese edition of Aesop's Fables
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