Designing an Idea… Examples of Book Covers and Editorial Communication Designs
Creating visual snapshots of an idea is clearly harder than it looks, otherwise there would be brilliant communication designs everywhere all the time. I love these examples of communication design as they relate to book covers or editorial art work because they are clear and simple in conveying the feeling and idea of the topic or content they represent. Each designer has boiled it down to a visual shorthand for the viewer to understand and engage with.
Author: Thomas Lewis Designer: John Gall Photographer: Boris Schmalenberger Typeface: Helvetica Get more information on Helvetica fonts
Interaction of Color: Revised and Expanded Edition (2006) Josef Albers design: Josef Albers
In Pursuit of the Perfect Brainstorm 2010, Illustration Client: The New York Times Magazine 1 of 1 READ Art Director: Leo Jung
Title: The Book of the Penis By: Maggie Paley Publisher: Grove Press Year: 1999 Designer: Chip Kidd
Title: Intensity By: Dean Koontz Publisher: Knopf Year: 1996 Designer: Chip Kidd
Title: Dry. By: Augusten Burroughs Publisher: Picador Year: 2003 Designer: Chip Kidd
“From Revolution to Ethics” | Designer: David Drummond
The End of Food Paul Roberts design: Mark Robinson
Lastly I loved this failed poster proposal by designer Paul Sahre. And I especially love the printing project he did with his students who recycled all the left over silkscreens from his original design idea.
Where’s Our Poster? 2004, approved poster design Client: Downtown for Democracy Designer: Paul Sahre
Recycling the posters.
The Silkscreen Reclamation Project
2008, Re-poster design