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Less is More

2010 September 1
by Jill

Right now, Joe is reading Columbine, a detailed look at the stories behind the high school attacks in Littleton, Colarado in 1999, and I am in line to read it when he’s done.  Obviously, it will be a difficult read given the subject matter, but the cover conveys that tragedy as well with the sparse, gritty photograph, the only word “Columbine” drifting into the colorless sky. It’s moving, and it draws you in, despite the emptiness.

Last week the Empty Space Inspiration Blog showcased a list of some stunning minimalist book covers. Here are a few of my favorites:

How about you? Do you like minimalist book design or don’t you judge a book by its cover?

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  1. Lauren S permalink
    September 1, 2010

    Great post.

    I really like the Columbine cover. I think by muting the title (white against gray) they are conveying a sense of respect for the subject– this is not some splashy, dramatic telling that exploits the students and their families– and from what I understand of the book, the cover reflects the author’s approach pretty well.

    I definitely judge books by their cover, though rarely will I avoid a book just because I don’t like the cover design. I am attracted to minimalist designs; I think Miranda July’s No One Belongs Here More Than You is one of the best examples of eye-catching minimalist design. I can only imagine how many people were compelled to pick up that bright-colored book with only words on its cover.

  2. Derrick permalink
    September 1, 2010

    I really love the gay fiction one and Against Happiness. Clever puns. Then again, I love this guy’s work</a.

  3. September 3, 2010

    I agree with Lauren; No One Belongs Here More Than You catches my eye and interest EVERY time I see it. I totally judge books by their covers, and I especially love minimalist design, when done well. Especially when I’m volunteering at the library each week, I sort through SO many books in my section that it’s inevitably only the ones with really good/unique covers that are able to stop me and take up a few more seconds of my glancing time before I have to move on to the next.

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