book jackets


Take Off Your Jacket …

Dust jackets from the 1930s and '40s that survived are indeed now worn and tattered. But they are also fascinating indicators of graphic style and form.


Paul Bacon, Bestseller

Paul Bacon, master of the "Big Book Look" in cover design, died Monday. Find out who Bacon was, and the massive impact he had on the field of book covers.


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.


05/28/2014: Last Launch book covers/jackets

Print‘s Regional Design Annual judges are looking to discover top talent to be featured in this year’s RDA. Judges include Debbie Millman, Jessica Helfand, Caleb Bennett, Joseph Duffy, Alexander Isley and Michael Vanderbyl. Enter today. RDA winner University of Texas Press out of the Southwest Region designed stunning book covers/jackets for Last Launch, a book by award-winning...


When Typography Hit The Airwaves

Tony Wons was a popular personality during the depression receiving 2,000 fan letters a week. Tony Wons Scrapbook is a conversational show and he is like an old friend who stops by for a chat.

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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...


The Jacket Racket: Vintage Book Cover Design

The first book or dust jacket protected bindings from the corrosive effects of the elements. Later it was used to advertise the contents of a book and was routinely discarded before it was entombed on the bookshelf. Interior book designers and cover artists rarely commingled but rather acted like offensive and defensive football squads,...