ISBN 9781576876671,Cover



Powerhouse Books



Powerhouse Books

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9781576876671

ISBN-10 1576876675

Hard Back

Number of Pages 200 Pages
Language (English)

The Arts

They say you can't judge a book by its cover--but that hasn't stopped anyone from trying. An original and visually engaging cover can help make the difference between a flop and a smash and over the years more than a few designers have taken the creative and mysterious process to levels of supreme beauty and imagination. Peter Mendelsund is that kind of designer and Cover is the story of his love affair with books.

Renowned and award-winning designer of many best-selling books, Peter Mendelsund has enjoyed years as a much-sought-after designer and art director. Amongst the many recognizable covers he has created are those for the American edition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the following books of the Millennium trilogy, collections of the works of Joyce, Kafka, Dostoevsky, de Beauvoir, Bernhard and Camus the contemporary works of Peter Carey, Martin Amis, Tom McCarthy, Ben Marcus, Rick Bragg and James Gleick and many more. All have greatly benefitted from the care and touch Mendelsund gave their jackets.

The entire story of a book cover-from the moment a book is initially acquired to when it finally appears on bookstores' shelves--is explained and illustrated in Cover. Cover abounds with Mendelsund's completed book jackets along with ephemera from his previously unseen creative processes, including jacket sketches, interior art and illustrations, editorial illustration and scores of rejected drafts. These images are punctuated by Mendelsund's reflections on his work and his process, as well as by texts from writers with whom he has worked and designed for, including bestselling crime writers, Pulitzer and Booker Prize-winning fiction and non-fiction authors, well-known scientists, actors and politicians.

Cover is a compendium of beautiful design and a beautiful design object itself, a profile and celebration of one of the publishing world's most talented and prolific contemporary creators and a brilliant showcase of his deft touch for balanced and innovative design. The first monograph from one of today's most compelling and talented book designers who has created covers for several hugely successful, critically-acclaimed titles.

Readers will immediately recognize many of the covers and will be struck by the originality and beauty of those being encountered for the first time.