Good book covers are difficult to create! Here are some of the best I saw at BookExpo in New York.
The Bridge, by Karen Kingsbury – a novel whose main character happens to be a beloved bookstore. Don’t you want to stop in? ( Howard Books)
Paul Bocuse: The Complete Recipes – Start with an iconic chef’s hat, and then choose a typeface that echoes its elegant simplicity. (Flammiron)
The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, by Ellis Weiner – two pragmatic twins figure out how to foil their kidnapper. Note the graph paper background and Rube Goldberg light switch. (Chronicle Books)
This novel features a Silicon Valley lawyer who's in over his head. Love the cheesy smiles on these lawyers and the carnival shooting-gallery suggestion.
Artisan Books Catalog – Okay, this is a catalog, not a book cover. But who can resist picking up this cookie? (Artisan, an imprint of Workman Publishing)
Skagboys, by Irvine Welsh – scabrous humor and gritty portraits of Edinburgh’s raw underculture. The cover fits right in. (W.W. Norton)
Hopelessly Divided: The New Crisis in American Politics and What It Means for 2012 and Beyond. A type cover, and a concept cover, too. (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery – Powerful photos, excellent typefaces, and subtle use of color. Note how every image points to the book title. (Aquila Polonica)
The Ultimate Conversation, by Charles Stanley--Okay, how would you illustrate talking to God? A nice concept cover. (Howard Books)
Waging Heavy Peace, by Neil Young. A rock ‘n roll hall-of-famer whose craggy mug sets the tone. Who says black-and-white can’t be compelling? (Blue Rider Press)
Crazy Good Italian, by Mike Isabella – an appealing cookbook without the words "cookbook," "recipes," or "food" anywhere to be found. (Da Capo Lifelong Books)