Book designer Joel Friedlander has released his ebook cover design awards for January:
How to Order an Italian Coffee in Italy by Sara Rosso, designed by Sara Rosso.
JF: The author, who is also a photographer, has achieved a small bit of perfection with this cover. The luscious photo combines flawlessly with the clean typography to create an indelible (and delicious) image. Well done, and it makes me want to go fire up the Gaggia right now. (Russo is also the author of The Unofficial Guide to Nutella.)
The Man Who Did Too Much by Camille LaGuire, designed by Camille LaGuire. “I struggled to find the right tone for a cover for this book. It’s a contemporary cozy mystery, but also kind of a throwback. Modern cutesy covers didn’t quite fit. Then I got inspired by Saul Bass, and decided to go for a very simple retro cover. (It’s a theme I feel I can do all sorts of things for future books in the series as well.)”
JF: This cover relies on a great translation of the work of legendary graphic designer Saul Bass (1920-1996), particularly his film poster for Anatomy of a Murder. Graphic covers like this one are underutilized by ebook publishers, which is too bad. The strong elements and simplified color scheme help make the book stand out at any size and create a powerful brand for the author to build on.
Link to the rest, including a lot more excellent cover designs with Joel’s comments at The Book Designer