Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Onward & upward

That's my approach to 2013!
Looking back to last year, the New York Times asked knowlegable professionals to pick their Favorite Book Cover Designs of 2012. One that really jumped out at me was “The Flame Alphabet” by Ben Marcus (Knopf)
, with a jacket design by Peter Mendelsund. 
It was selected by Jon Gray, who writes:
The book covers that Peter Mendelsund designs are most often brilliant. He is annoyingly talented and, worse, consistent. My favorite this year is his cover for Ben Marcus’s novel “The Flame Alphabet.” A simple idea beautifully executed in rich, warm colors. Like all the best designs, it makes you wish you’d thought of it yourself. It serves as a reminder that a book can be so much more than data consumption on an electronic device. You want to hold it, own it and buy it for your friends.
Chris Ware's own cover for Building Stories was sui generis and brilliant.
I also adore the entire Penguin "Drop Cap" series of classics novels by Austen, Bronte, Cather, et al.


  1. Chris Ware's "Building Stories" looks like an amazing visual read I'd love to get my hands on, the experience of the book lies in the details!

  2. Is the first picture in this post, the amazing one of the elegant lady riding the horse, a work of Winsor McCay? I love McCay, and this seems similar to his style.

    Thanks, JP!

    1. It's from A Year With The Fairies' by Anna Scott from 1914 - I will have to research her more. Found a repro calendar online, but that's all I know so far.