IVP - Behind the Books - Exposing the Cover Up

November 21, 2007

Exposing the Cover Up

The good folks at Very Short List recently featured the book Seven Hundred Penguins, a visual survey of sixty-five years of Penguin Books paperback covers. You can peek at eight such covers at VSL. Good Christmas present for the graphic designer in your life.

We talk about covers all the time at InterVarsity Press. How can you not when you publish ninety to a hundred titles a year--all of which need covers--and when you have more than a thousand books in your backlist--all of which feature covers that may or may not, on any given day, be showing their age?

Maybe you have a favorite cover design from the IVP backlist. Feel free to share the joy here with your fellow readers.

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at November 21, 2007 11:21 AM Bookmark and Share


Some of my favorites:

*Beyond Racial Gridlock- In my experience, people remember it by the cover, not the title. But the cover is a nice play on the words of the title.
*Being White- The lone white piece captures the confusion of so many white people about "this multi-ethnicity thing," which makes it a powerful draw to the book.
*Reconciliation Blues- Love the colors, love the glossy jacket. I feel like I'm eating a yummy, sparkling piece of fruit when I look at it.
*Heart.Soul.Mind.Strength.- Something about the way it's almost monochromatic and is really just a series of circles is really visually pleasing... or maybe I should just work for a modern art museum.
*Perfecting Ourselves to Death- Cute but not cutesy, this cover builds trust by earning a chuckle yet also provides a truthful mirror to many of us.
*Like Your Neighbor?- Like the use of color and composition, and love the dorky man's head.

I show an obvious bias for some of your more recent releases and for books that I enjoyed reading. :o)

Comment by: Ashleigh Greene at November 26, 2007 12:33 AM

Er, yeah, and sorry for the silly fruit comment. It is 1:34... but I've gotta admit, too late to think or not, it's still true.

Comment by: Ashleigh Greene at November 26, 2007 12:35 AM

Oh, Ashleigh, little did you know that the dorky man's head on the cover of Like Your Neighbor is in fact one of our graphic designers. I'm not going to tell you which one so as to protect his dorky anonymity. But great comments all around.

Comment by: Dave at November 26, 2007 8:58 AM

Sacred Rhythms. The cover just speaks of peace.

Comment by: L.L. Barkat at November 28, 2007 2:22 PM

I should mention that InterVarsity Press recently won two publishing industry design awards, one for the cover of *Gracism* by David Anderson and the other for the total design of *The Path of Celtic Prayer* by Calvin Miller. Congratulations to those authors and our designers!

Comment by: dave at November 28, 2007 4:11 PM

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