Book cover design

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Book Cover Design Perpetuates The Myth of Lolita

"The sexualized vision of Lolita perpetuated by popular culture has very little to do with the text of Nabokov's novel, in which Lolita is not a teen-aged seductress but a sexually abused twelve-year-old girl."


Image of the Day, July 24, 2013

In his recent book Things Come Apart, Todd McClellan strips down and photographs everyday objects in unique and striking ways. The cover shows off this concept well, while making understated use of the Archer typeface. Check out more from the book’s interior here. Via Fonts in Use.

An Interview with Talking Covers Founder Sean Manning

As the author of a memoir and editor of a few anthologies that feature some of today’s most prominent writers, Sean Manning knows something about the book business. In May 2012, he started Talking Covers, a fascinating site dedicated to telling the stories about how book covers come to be, soliciting commentary from authors,...

Recovering Lolita

Among the problems Nabokov’s Lolita poses for the book designer, probably the thorniest is the popular misconception of the title character. She’s chronically miscast as a teenage sexpot—just witness the dozens of soft-core covers over the years. “We are talking about a novel which has child rape at its core,” says John Bertram, an architect and...