JosephYoung December 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Are book covers art? If so, most of those fail. They are full of overused ideas, cliches even. If they were an “art show” they’d be panned for rolling out the same old tropes. But it might be that we set a different standard for book covers. “Attract the casual eye and then get safely out of the way,” maybe. In other words, despite their designers’ hopes/claims, they aren’t art.

Paddy Johnson December 18, 2014 at 4:07 pm

This falls into the field of design. None of the authors claim the covers are art and I don’t think they should be judged by that aesthetic language. I like a lot more of these covers than you, I think.

JosephYoung December 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

It seems designers often feel slighted by those who don’t consider their work art… But really what makes me a bit grumpy I think is that I wish more book covers were art / not boring. Illustrating your last sentence, haha!

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