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Bookalikes: more cases of book designer minds thinking alike

Bookalikes: more cases of book designer minds thinking alike

If you're new here, why not subscribe to our email updates or follow us on Facebook? You can also add us to your Google Reader. Thanks for visiting!Since my last post on “bookalikes” a few weeks ago, I’ve been keeping an eye out for covers that share similar themes or make use of the same sort of visual ideas, and I’ve come across a...

Bookalikes: cover twins and book covers with strong family resemblances

Bookalikes: cover twins and book covers with strong family resemblances

Spending as much time as I do reading, writing and talking about books, it’s inevitable that I’m going to see certain patterns and representations crop up over and over. That’s not just true of content–although expect to see a post on that shortly–but also of covers. Since my post several months back on dead girls in gowns on YA...

Book cover trend: smoke spirals

Book cover trend: smoke spirals

Earlier today I came across Eva Maria Staal’s Try the Morgue, the design of which reminded me of John Green’s Looking for Alaska (review). I did a bit of browsing, and found that smoke spirals are a relatively popular design element. In general, the motif seems to be incorporated into otherwise simple designs; the colour palette is usually a pale...

Book Cover Trend: butterflies, moths and lepidoptery

Book Cover Trend: butterflies, moths and lepidoptery

A few months ago I reviewed two books, one after the other, that were completely different save for the fact that each featured a butterfly on the cover. Then, when doing some re-shelving a little while ago, I came across another couple of books whose cover designs featured butterflies quite prominently in their designs. I decided to go on a quick hunt to see...

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