Tuesday, June 16, 2015



This week, we are tackling cover that rely almost entirely on text for the cover. This is a common technique used for wordy titles or titles with powerful, self-explanatory words. Today we're looking at two books with wordy titles.

Designers often minimize graphics with long titles because if there are too many graphics or the images are too dominant, they run the risk of people not taking the time to actually read the title. When the title itself is the main graphic, that isn't so much of a problem. However, there is a greater risk of the cover failing to fully convey the theme and/or genre of the book.

Let's take these two for example:


The titles both suggest humor, particularly Stauffacher's book. There are few scattered "fun" images of a fish on a line, a sewing dumming, and an unhappy fork & knife. Fits with the idea of etiquette and the cartoonish illustrations support the humor in the title. The solid blue background helps to unite the otherwise (intentionally) messy colors & fonts of the title.

The first cover for Jen White's book presents a slightly more dramatic effect, while still erring on the side of humorous. Using cut-out maps for the font along with the tracks, car, and seemingly disconnected images strongly suggest a story about a journey of some kind. This may be a funny book, but the white background hints at something a little deeper.

The question is, do these covers succeed at grabbing the reader's attention? Do you want to open the book and read it? Do the images tell you enough about the story to hook you?

Comment below and let us know what you think.

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