book jacket design

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Book Jacket Modernism

Book jackets are a wellspring of graphic styles and often mirror what is going on in the design culture. Here are two vintage examples.

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Sporting Jackets

Book jackets were functional appendages to books created to keep covers free of dirt and dust (hence the now antiquated term dust jackets). They're also mini-posters designed to attract readers -- like bees to the flower. Twenty years ago, Seymour Chwast and I authored a book titled Jackets Required, a survey of these dust...