13 Award-Winning Book Cover Designs from Across the U.S.

My favorite part of the Regional Designs Awards each year is the slew of book cover designs that we receive from each region. The old adage may be never judge a book by its cover, but we all know how important first impressions are. And I know I’m not the only one who’s a sucker for a good-looking book. 

So if you’re looking to add something to your summer reading list for 2018, you may want to consider the following titles with their Regional Design Award–winning book cover designs. They won’t disappoint. And if they do, at least you have a gorgeous piece of art to place on your bookshelf.

Oh, and don’t forget: The 2018 Regional Design Awards are now accepting entries for all 26 of its categories. The extended deadline to enter is April 30 at 11:59 EDT. This year’s panel of A-list judges includes Sagi Haviv, Alexander Isley, Gail Anderson, Nancy Skolos, Rebeca Méndez, Chad Michael and Justin Peters. We’ve also updated our prizes this year. Check it out and enter your best designs today to boost your work, get discovered and get published. Design students also welcome!


Fight Club 2 Library Edition

Award-Winning Book Cover Designs

Award-Winning Book Cover Designs

Dark Horse Comics Inc., Milwaukie, OR; www.darkhorse.com: Scott Allie (creative director/art director/editor), Justin Couch, Nate Piekos, Rick DeLucco (designers), Cameron Stewart, David Mack, Dave Stewart (illustrators), Chuck Palahniuk (writer), Shantel LaRocque (associate editor), Katii O’Brien (assistant editor), Christianne Goudreau (digital art technician), 1010 (printing); Dark Horse Comics (client)

Writing Book 2016

Award-Winning Book Cover Designs Award-Winning Book Cover DesignsGold Collective, San Francisco; www.gold-collective.com: Renee Walker, Heidi Meredith (creative directors/art directors/ designers); California College of the Arts (client)

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art

Award-Winning Book Cover Designs Award-Winning Book Cover DesignsNasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; www.nasher.duke.edu: Trevor Schoonmaker (creative director/curator/editor/writer), Reneé Cagnina Haynes, Julie Klugman Braude (designers), Diego Camposeco, Mel Chin, Brittney Cooper, John T. Edge, William Fagaly, Carter Foster, Brendan Greaves, Harrison Haynes, Andrew Hibbard, Patterson Hood, Miranda Lash, Ada Limón, Ari Marcopoulos, Mark Anthony Neal, Catherine Opie, Fahamu Pecou, Richard J. Powell, Tom Rankin, Dario Robleto, Bradley Sumrall, Natasha Trethewey, Kara Walker, Jeff Whetstone (writers/contributors), Puritan Capital (printing); Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (client)

Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art From Australia

Award-Winning Book Cover Designs

Harvard Art Museums Design Department, Cambridge, MA; www.harvardartmuseums.org: Steven Waldron (creative director/art director), Zak Jensen, Adam Sherkanowski, Becky Hunt (designers), Stephen Gilchrist (editor/writer), Henry F. Skerritt, Hetti Perkins, Fred Myers, Shawn C. Rowlands, Narayan Khandekar, Georgina Rayner, Daniel P. Kirby (writers); Harvard Art Museums (client)

Golden Girls Forever

Award-Winning Book Cover DesignsHeadcase Design, Philadelphia; www.headcasedesign.com: Lynne Yeamans (creative director, HarperCollins), Paul Kepple (art director/designer/illustrator), Max Vandenberg (designer), Jim Colucci (writer); HarperCollins Publishers (client)

In Training: A Bonsai Photo Book

Award-Winning Book Cover Designs Award-Winning Book Cover DesignsPolygraph, Washington, DC; www.polygraphcreative.com: Gavin Wade (creative director/designer), Jason Mannix, Lindsay Mannix (art directors), Spiros Halaris (illustrator); Stephen Voss (photographer/client)

The Secret History of Twin Peaks

Award-Winning Book Cover Designs Award-Winning Book Cover DesignsHeadcase Design, Philadelphia; www.headcasedesign.com: Paul Kepple (art director/designer/illustrator), Max Vandenberg (designer/illustrator), Mark Frost (writer); Flatiron Books (client)

Three Centuries of American Prints From the National Gallery of Art

Award-Winning Book Cover Designs

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; www.nga.gov: Chris Vogel (designer), Judith Brodie, Amy Johnston, Michael J. Lewis (writers); National Gallery of Art (client)

The Wangs vs. the WorldAward-Winning Book Cover Designs

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston; www.hmhco.com: Michaela Sullivan (creative director/art director), Kimberly Glyder (designer/illustrator); Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (client)

A Man Lies Dreaming

Award-Winning Book Cover Designs

Melville House Publishing; www.mhpbooks.com: Marina Drukman (creative director/art director/designer), Lavie Tidhar (writer); Melville House Publishing (client)

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Book

Award-Winning Book Cover Designs

Pentagram; www.pentagram.com: Abbott Miller (creative director/art director/designer), Jesse Kidwell, Yoon-Young Chai (designers); iEC, The Rolling Stones (clients)


Award-Winning Book Cover Designs

HarperCollins; www.harpercollins.com: Adalis Martinez (creative director/art director/designer); HarperCollins (client)

Little Brown Girl: Essays on the Influence of Black Womanhood in Visual Communication (or Vice-Versa)

Award-Winning Book Cover Designs

Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT; www.interrobang.vcfa.edu/portfolio/aldrena-hicks-corder: Aldrena Corder (creative director/art director/designer/ illustrator/photographer/writer), George Fulton, Anthony Paganini (photographers), Ziddi Msangi, Ian Lynam, Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton, Natalia Ilyin (advising instructors)

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