Monday, March 28, 2011

Let's Face It

Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon
(Aladdin, 2011)

Imagine you are hired to design a book cover for a young adult novel. What should this cover look like?

Marketing wants a face on the cover.


You know faces work, insofar as they appeal to your target audience. We're all drawn to faces. But gads, who needs another cover with a stock photo of some model's face? You want to be original.

Kekla Magoon's Camo Girl features a character suffering from vitiligo, a skin pigmentation condition which gives her a blotchy appearance. So, what with image issues in the novel, a face was a natural choice. But this designer cleverly used graphics filters to create the polarized effect on this cover.

Below, more original treatments for the common face:

Dark Parties by Sara Grant
(Little, Brown, August 2011)

Throat by R.A. Nelson
(Knopf, 2011)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
(HarperTeen, 2011)


  1. I love it when it when faces are displayed differently, like in these covers. The Dark Parties cover is creeptastic!

  2. Yeah!--I wish I had been able to get an actual copy of Dark Parties so that I could better describe the kind of a screen thing across the image. I tried to magnify the jpeg to see if the screen might actually be tiny repeated words or symbols, but I think it's just a pattern. Still, it's like gauze or netting.