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Friday Funnies – Anatomy of Book Cover Design

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STATUS: Haven’t had a good video to share in a while. This one is worth the wait.

What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now?  DON’T GO by Yaz

Chip Kidd is a legend in this industry. Video is not short but worth every minute of your time. It’s a small glimpse into the brilliance of mind it takes to create a truly amazing cover. And I’ll give you a hint. It’s not about bells and whistles. It’s about text.

As it should be. Enjoy!

13 Responses

  1. Noelle Pierce said:

    I watched this a few weeks ago, shortly after deciding to officially open for business as a cover artist, and fell in love. He is inspiring, and probably a blast to work with.

  2. Erika Loggin said:

    Wow. I kept trying to turn my attention to other things but I had to quickly reopen the tab to see his finished designs. That was so compelling and fascinating. It is a joy to know that book designers consider both the story and how a ready will interact with their product. This man does brilliant work. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. heather said:

    thank you for posting this. I loved this inside look on book cover design – brilliant! I also adored his blunt commentary on ebooks…I not so secretly agree with him!

  4. E.S. Ivy said:

    Thanks for posting this. I’m working on a title and cover for the second book in a series and I knew I didn’t like my idea very much, but after viewing this video I *know* it’s wrong. It would be the equivalent of the labeled picture of the apple. 🙂 It’s encouragement to keep digging for a better idea.

  5. A. M. Perkins said:

    I may have to link to this – at least the last part – when friends ask me to explain why I don’t want an e-reader.

    “But it’s so convenient!”

    “Yes, but the feel and the look and the smell and the… here, just watch this.”