I’ve been sorting through hundreds of book covers for part 4 (!!!) of my best and worst list. Yay for you, Zzzzzzz for me! I’ve found some really amazing little gems, and some truly disgusting trash.
They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover but I did, soooo, ‘they’ can just go fuck right-off. Here are my favourite and least favourite covers of 2011:
—- 5 BEST BOOK COVERS OF 2011:
5. Life Kills by Miles Vertigan - You’d think that by using solid colors, this would end up looking flat, but it doesn’t. It even looks like it’s moving! A little bit cluttered, but it’s awesome. Vector magic!
4. The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer - The blur tool went to heaven, and this is what happened. So good!
3. Puppet by Kenneth Gross - Simple is always better, suckas.
2. The Innovator’s Cookbook by Steven Johnson - The use of real typography makes this cover 3D (and you don’t even need silly glasses). Tactile art, doing its tactile art goodness.
1. The Art of Immersion by Frank Rose - Yeah, this totally gives me a headache, but so does the internet, man! It hurts to look, but I also can’t look away. A+
—- 5 WORST BOOK COVERS OF 2011:
5. Sugar In My Bowl by Erica Jong - I get it, it’s a vagina bowl with candy in it. Okay, great. But then you stab me further with that stoooopid real women/real sex line that makes me wish I could choke on my own saliva. Instead, I just hope you drown drinking your next Cosmo. BAM!
4. Reamde by Neal Stephenson - There’s some interesting use of typography, misspelling and hyphenation going on here. But too bad it’s just ugly and lazy. And not at all clever.
3. Now You See Her by Joy Fielding - I understand this book is for all them old ladies laying at the beach with their big sun hats. But there’s a nauseating mix of typography and reflections that really bother me. Old ladies deserve better, you guys!
2. The Selected Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - This is just a photograph with a title at the bottom, not a cover. Zzzzzzzzzz.
1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor - I’m going to take an educated guess: the same person who came up with the vile name of this book probably also designed this cover. What the fuck is this? That mask - ahhhh! That ‘daughter’ font - double ahhhhhhhhhh! Grosssssss!
Go ahead, agree with me!