Archive | November, 2012
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i love it when you talk retro

20 Nov

i love it when you talk retro

book cover for ‘i love it when you talk retro’ designed by Jason Ramirez. Cool pop art look, goes perfectly with the title and appropriate for the subject matter of the book, (reference book for american 30s, 40s, and 50s phrases and slang terms). could be mistaken for a comic or graphic novel but the placement of the authors name overlapping the speech bubble and the use of different typography allow one to instantly know it’s a book.

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this is the book Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross. the skull shape made up of the dots gives an out of focus or pixelated look but is still completely recognizable. The simple but clever use of few colors is very effective as a way to make us not want to look away, its almost mesmerizing.

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this is the cover of a book by Neal Gabler. The cover was designed by Barbra DeWilde. The cover is very interesting even though its not brightly colored at all. The typography is designed to look like newspaper headlines which is clever considering it’s a biography. Our attention is grabbed due to the fact that now we are practically programmed to read newspaper headlines, it just shows that covers don’t need a rainbow of color to stand out.

 

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  • here’s a good resource for book covers. great inspiration for when designers block strikes 🙂

http://bookcoverarchive.com/

Tim O’ Brien-Chicken King

9 Nov

Tim O' Brien-Chicken King

This is for the cover of Smithsonian magazine, it’s called Chicken King. The cracked effect gives the appearance of age. The colors give a opulent and decadent feel, appropriate considering the subject matter. Instantly recognizable as Henry VIII by the Tudor dress and iconic pose we start to forget how odd the image is and get lost in the textures and rich palette used by Tim O’ Brien. 🙂

Tim O’ Brien-end of gaddafi

9 Nov

Tim O' Brien-end of gaddafi

This is called The End of Gaddafi. visually striking amazing to get such a high impact from a beautifully simple idea.

Tim O’ Brien-vampire economy

9 Nov

Tim O' Brien-vampire economy

Cover of the March 2011 issue of Mother Jones-The Vampire Economy. very literal but it doesnt matter its clever and cool.