Sunday, July 08, 2007

Not Just Designs on Your Purse

Recently some of us noted the cloning of certain book covers as cover design becomes increasingly in thrall to 'the market'. Interesting then, and encouraging, to read of the new Penguin Books Design Award, aimed at final-year art students, and, according to artist Harland Miller, promoting book covers as artefacts which are 'design- rather than sales-led' and, he implies, more sensitive to a book's content and ethos. Left is the winner of the inaugural competition: Ara Youn's design for Malcolm Gladwell's Blink.

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