Monday, September 21, 2009

Tapjacketing #2

Round 2 of Tapjacketing.
Just click on the word "Link" to be on your way:

1. Link: Since Carol mentioned typeface last week, I want to send you over to this web page, where you can learn all about a fabulous documentary called HELVETICA. Who knew that this ubiquitous font was considered authoritarian or that it could be the source of such controversy?

2. Link:
Sarah Johnson, a student at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, recently sent me this interesting link to the Gutenburg Museum in Mainz, Germany, which has an exhibition of different styles of cover art - from the Middle Ages all the way up through the late 19th century and Art Nouveau. Oh, gosh, I see now that there's a book flea market in front of the Museum every Saturday. I want to go!

3. LINK: If you haven't done so yet, check out the always-interesting Jacket Whys - they're doing pretty much what we do here at Jacket Knack (and there's room for plenty more) -- looking at kids book & YA covers.

4. Link: Over at one of my favorite sites ( PRINT: DESIGN FOR CURIOUS MINDS) eight designers post their thoughts about "killed covers" (covers which were rejected for some reason or another. There are photos of the final covers next to the "runner-ups" that didn't make it, many of them preferred by the designers but nixed by someone else.

5. Link: Editor Cheryl Klein on her blog BROOKLYN ARDEN talks about book design and specs specific to Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi.

6. Link: John Gall, the Vice President and Art Director of Vintage Books (which publishes about 200 books a year) talks about "the rules" governing book design (Rule #5 is "Rules are made to be broken.") Interesting triva (maybe not so trivial) from Mr. Gall: "Green covers don't sell."

7. Link: In this interview of Marla Frazee, there's a snippet about designing the new cover art for Mary Norton's classic The Borrowers (interior illustrations were not changed.) Here's what Frazee says:

"The cover of a novel has to encapsulate the entire book, reflect the major theme(s), and be captivating enough as a single image to entice the viewer to pick the book up, buy it, and read it. Of course, a picture book cover has the same objective, but the illustrator of the picture book has already created the visual narrative and is intimately and emotionally connected with the world inside the book. The illustrator of the cover of a novel is often coming into the project with no prior knowledge of what is inside the book. In my experience, this distance from the imagery of the story is sometimes hard to bridge. But that also makes it exciting and new."





  1. Wow, I love the new Borrowers cover. Thanks for the links, Julie. I'm learning so much. Green doesn't sell? Go figure.

  2. When you come to Germany, I'll take you to the museum. There is a gorgeous bookshop in the museum--with irresistible historical picture books, a cafe, and of course on Saturday there is a large market to explore.