When it comes to picking out books, I like to think I do look deeper into the story, but I’m also that shallow book reader who is swayed by a pretty cover. But it can also go the other way. I see many a pretty cover that I have a “get-on-my-shelf” reaction to, only to read more about the book and decide it’s not one I’d be very likely to enjoy. Nonetheless I’m a book cover art snob, and I love talking about the pretty “dresses” that adorn them. I’m so some different things going on in the designs of books these days, so I thought why not chat about book cover design trends?
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What I’ll do is break this down into four categories, four different “themes” or trends I’m seeing as I browse places with book lists (and probably waste too much time on this – anyone else do this?) or upcoming releases. There seems to be a lingering trend I keep seeing, two of which that, in the genres I read, seem to be surging in popularity.
I’m looking at these trends, and sharing some of the cover designs that implement them.
Colorful and Creative Book Cover Design Trends
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1: Don’t Underestimate a Good Title (Text)
For some time now, the prominence of title text has been a “thing.” It also surprises me to see that most are also actually constructed (made by hand and then assembled for a photoshoot) vs. made in some type of digital editing software. This adds so much texture and interest to the cover. Here are a few “text takes center stage.”
2: Let’s Get Creative, Illustrated
This is the one I’m seeing so much. It seems to especially be a happening trend in YA contemporary. For the most part I really like it, but yesterday I did run across some illustrated cover designs that at first glance are cute, but take a closer look and the people have no facial features. That seems maybe a little… strange?
Despite this, I do honestly think this trend works really well. Some are even being re-designed to match the times like Katie Catugno’s books or The Library of Lost Things, which has a paperback re-design in this trend. Another thing this “look” seems to bring with it is vibrant, and fun colors, which makes it all the cooler.
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3: No to Faces. Yes to Colorful Things.
Putting faces on cover art is a long standing point of conflict. Most readers do not like it, or at least that’s been my experience. I’m the opposite. I quite enjoy it. One of the more frequently used elements I see in more recent times is a “no model” look when designs that use buildings, shapes or other means to distort a face. For example, More than Maybe has illustrated people, but it distorts them more by overlaying text.
4: Shape it as Disproportionate
This is a design I only just picked up on. I see it in the featured cover designs (below) and am unsure how I feel about them. I think it’s not really one I love (although I confess to really liking Hannah’s), but I do hope to enjoy the stories inside, and find it interesting that these, like any of the other elements I talk about, seem to combine multiple concepts.
…and I could go on (seriously, I had a lot more book cover images in my queue), but one has to stop somewhere, right? How about you? What are your favorite book cover design trends; what are you seeing more or less of? Is there any you’re loving? Comment all of your thoughts down in the comments.On the Recent Colorful and Creative Trends of Cover Design. Talking about book cover design trends. What are YOUR favorite? #Creative #BookLove #CoverDesign #CoverReveal Click To Tweet
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