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Cover Peter Mendelsund has enjoyed years as a much sought after book cover designer and art director Among the many recognizable jackets he has created are those for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo collecti

  • Title: Cover
  • Author: Peter Mendelsund
  • ISBN: 9781576876671
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Peter Mendelsund has enjoyed years as a much sought after book cover designer and art director Among the many recognizable jackets he has created are those for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo collections of the works of Joyce, Kafka, Dostoevsky, de Beauvoir, and Foucault the contemporary works of Martin Amis, Tom McCarthy, Ben Marcus, Jo Nesb , and James Gleick and manPeter Mendelsund has enjoyed years as a much sought after book cover designer and art director Among the many recognizable jackets he has created are those for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo collections of the works of Joyce, Kafka, Dostoevsky, de Beauvoir, and Foucault the contemporary works of Martin Amis, Tom McCarthy, Ben Marcus, Jo Nesb , and James Gleick and many All have greatly benefitted from the care and touch Mendelsund gave them.Cover abounds with Mendelsund s completed book jackets along with ephemera from his previously unseen creative method, including jacket sketches, interior art and editorial illustrations, and scores of rejected drafts These images are punctuated by Mendelsund s reflections on his work and his process, as well as by texts from writers with whom he has worked and designed for.Cover is a compendium of beautiful design and a beautiful design object itself a profile and celebration of one of the publishing world s most talented and prolific contemporary creators, and a brilliant showcase of his deft touch for balanced and innovative design.

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    1. Я не знаю як ще це сформулювати, тому спробую так.Це друга найкраща книга із книжкового дизайну в моїй бібліотеці (перша -Chip Kidd: Book One) і перша книга, яку слід брати до рук всім охочим займатися книжковим дизайном. Все, що вам дадуть наступні книги - розуміння типографії й компо [...]

    2. This is a diamond if you love appreciate book covers (who doesn't?) or/and are a designer.Peter Mendelsund is my new found hero.This is one of the most tickling reads about the design process, the thinking on art direction, the obsessive depth of detail in one's work.And it's more than just a monograph of designer's work, it features quite a few passages on thinking about the books itself (Tom McCarthy intriguingly begins by stating that "Only bad books have message")Buy two, give someone else a [...]

    3. I devoured every page of this book with rapt adoration. Peter Mendelsund may have just jumped the ranks as my favorite graphic designer ever, ever, ever. While I've seen his book covers on countless trips to the bookstore (more covers than I realized), seeing them here, together, annotated with witty comments and insights about both reading and design, I found the passionate reader and aspiring designer inside me taking turns swooning. I have no doubt this is a book that will remain in heavy rot [...]

    4. A book that gives really great insight into the work of a great cover designer. I especially liked the fact that rejected covers were included which helps to show how particular cover designs evolved. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to embark on a professional book design career.

    5. How Mendelsund, with little design experience, was hired by Knopf is one of the most amazing stories I've ever read. Cover is more than a book about design; it's a meditation on the creative process and the love of books by a genius designer. A must for book lovers!

    6. Very informative and a cool read if you are interested in book cover design. Also, very inspiring, I loved it.

    7. COVER is an intense crash course in modern design, a short biography of the unlikely hero moving his way through life into an unlikely position, a coffee table book of beautiful cover art, a reflection of the nature and purpose of books and cover design, and a gorgeous love letter to art and books. This book is absolutely beautiful, both in content and construction. Through its pages, one receives a hefty education on both the creation of content based on other artwork as well as an overall appr [...]

    8. How to meet and then exceed my expectations for Peter Mendelsund's Cover.First, include numerous book cover samples--some beautiful, some clever, some puzzling (at first), many simple (yet somehow complex), all imaginative. Also, include numerous rejects, the precursors to the final selections, rejects that reveal the designer's development process and the creative mind at work. It's all there, what I had expected from a large format book by a prestigious designer. But there's moreInclude stimul [...]

    9. Peter Mendelsund's career sounds pretty improbable (he interviewed with Chip Kidd holding a few designs for friends in bands and immediately got a job), but there's no denying that he's good at what he does. The covers are organized by genre, and many examples include rejected covers or comments from the authors. I found the latter to be overly fawning (yes, I know it's a monograph to showcase his work, but still), but the former elucidating. When I worked in publishing, my favorite part was goi [...]

    10. What an interesting book! I heard about it from NPR. Book cover design is something that I see a lot of but have never really given much thought too. It is one of those things in life that someone spent time creating and designing, but what little thought most of us probably spend thinking about covers (aside from the grand or unimpressive). This book has me seeing cover design in a whole new way. Peter Mendelsund takes you through his basic ideas for designing covers and his multiple approaches [...]

    11. Peter Mendelsund was a concert pianist before he became a book cover designer. “With design there is none of this namby-pamby ‘profundity,’ I was previously dealing with,” he says in Cover. “Clever and pretty seem to be the benchmarks of good design. Smart is encouraged but not de rigueur.”But all of the covers in Mendelsund’s book are smart. Many are profound. And the insights he puts on his covers often reflect profundity in the pages. For instance, his covers for works by Franz [...]

    12. "I am paid to read great books and interpret them. I have the greatest job in the world."Peter Mendelsund got a degree in philosophy, was a (not terribly successful) concert pianist, taught himself design, and became a book-cover designer. As he explains in his book, a cover is . . . * a skin* a frame* a reminder* a souvenir/talisman/token* a decoration* a name tag/secret handshake ("advertisements for ourselves")* a teaser, like a movie trailer* a trophy* a carnival barker/billboard/advertiseme [...]

    13. Blegh-worthy introductory writings aside, this is a great showcase of book covers (both approved and rejected).The covers/books are divided into sections—Classics; Vertical (publisher); Literary Fiction; Genre Fiction; Nonfiction & Poetry. There's no 'designed' or 'published' date info, so there's no way of seeing how Mendelsund progressed/changed over time.It certainly did its job. Looking through it, I was intrigued by more than a few covers (particularly for nonfiction works), and have [...]

    14. An inside look at not how to be a graphic designer but rather how ONE specific designer approaches his craft. Works better than his other work in that it does not try to embody a gestalt of how everyone experiences reading but rather acts like opening Mr. Mendlesund skull and how his mind works when approaching his craft. His mind is wonderfully anarchic and quite willingly is gleefully contrary to expectation.A delightful amazingly open look at one artist's creative process.

    15. I really enjoyed this book!! The art photography and layout were fantastic and the anecdotes interesting. The only thing I thought was lacking and what I was left wanting more of was information about what went into creating each book design and any stories about the process of each cover. Other than that this was great read!!

    16. Beautiful to look at. Interesting to read. Updated my -books to read- list because of their covers! Expensive book, I asked my library to get it for me and they had it within a week. Tip of the hat to public libraries.

    17. I love Mendelsund's covers. Reading about his process and seeing multiple iterations through to the final cover was enveloping. Lots of covers.

    18. MENDELSUND! Most colorful acquisition for my bookshelf I made all year. And Peter is an all around great guy too.

    19. Peter Mendelsund apparently has had a huge impact on both my potential reading list & the books I tend to put on display at the library.

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