Patterns of play

Patterns of play

In last week’s issue of The Bookseller, Katy Guest flagged up two instances of striking series design in her introduction to the Paperback Preview. She wrote “you judge a book by its cover—at least, if the designer has done a good job”.

That is true, up to a point. A book’s appearance is not solely its designer’s domain; it is affected by editor, author, marketer, publicist, book retailer, supermarket chain etc. That’s not to say that there isn’t some exceptional jacket design work being issued, more that any perceived failure in a livery’s appearance is not necessarily a designer’s respon...

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