Bookmarking Book Art — Thomas Allen

Posted on March 9, 2013 by Thomas Allen

This image of Thomas Allen’s book art appears along with the story about fellow-North Carolinian Hugh Howey‘s self-published novel WOOL in the 7 March 2013 edition of The Wall Street Journal but only in the iPad App version. Go to SECTIONS, then ARENA.

Click on the image to the left to go to Allen’s website to see more of his work and find out how to purchase it.   If you can find the Fall 2006 issue of Zoetrope:  All Story, you can see more of Allen’s work, but click here to read Chip Kidd’s comments on Allen’s artistry.

In The E-Book World, Are Book Covers A Dying Art? : NPR

For the past 25 years, Chip Kidd has made a name for himself as a top book designer. His designs have helped transform books into visual icons.

With the disappearance of the dustjacket’s original function — to protect the binding of the book — is it imaginable that the book cover will no longer be needed as the book evolves?

Imaginable, yes.  Likely, no.  As long as the imagination of Chip Kidd and his like bring their passion to publishing.

The possiblility of building up the thumbnail cover across the pages/screens of the ebook or giving it a functional role in the narrative may mean we come to judge a cover by its book!

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