Book cover blogs have been excited for a couple of weeks about Jordan Crane‘s jacket design for Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legends, and rightly so. The pic below does not do it justice – get thee to a bookstore now to savour the tactile pleasure that is this book. The jacket is actually in three parts, or layers, which wrap around the book and create an almost 3D feel (for the jacket, not the book, which is quite obviously 3D, except perhaps in an alternate dimension). I was reminded of classic kids’ books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which also has the whole layers thing going on – albeit slightly less gorgeous. But with a jacket like this, will anyone actually ever bother to read Maps and Legends? Or will they just gaze upon the exterior and be too scared of damaging it to open it? I know I was a bit disappointed when I opened it and realised it was just a bunch of text. Boo. I know that is what a book conventionally is, and that the text may well be interesting, but goddamn it, I wanted more drawings!
Wild and completely unsubstantiated declaration of mini-trend: Brightly coloured and highly detailed illustrations with pen outlines are like, so hot right now. I’m quite a fan of Tyler Stout‘s design for the Kiwi band Flight of the Conchords album.
:: Arwen ::