Cover Hardcover – Aug 5 2014
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"He suffers from a surfeit of ideas. In the past decade, Mr. Mendelsund has designed about 600 book jackets, ranging from a sober, sophisticated cover for Tolstoy’s 'War and Peace' to his whimsical Pop Art-like treatment of Kafka’s novella 'Metamorphosis,' to the hypnotic fluorescent swirls on Stieg Larsson’s thriller 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.'"
-The New York Times
"'Cover' is foremost a visually enticing tour of some of the most important books of recent times, made even more memorable by Mendelsund’s daring covers. The beautifully designed volume is nicely paced with a mix of testimonials from authors whose book covers Mendelsund has designed, along with his own comments on various aspects of the design process."
-The Washington Post
"Among book designers, Peter Mendelsund is the best reader of all. You always recognize one of his covers when you see it, and it’s not because he tends toward certain colors or typefaces—quite the opposite. Rather, it’s something about the way the cover illuminates the text. You can tell he didn’t just read the manuscript; he internalized it. The result somehow feels both inevitable and surprising: the only possible solution but one you could never dream up yourself."
"'Cover' provides insight into the designer's process and pushes us to reconsider what we think we know about the graphic representation of words and ideas."
“Once in a while I'm presented with covers that cross the barriers of cultural reference and visual language. That feel universal. That feel like perfect starts to stories. Covers that I don't want the reader to forget, but to carry with them throughout my books. Those covers are Peters Mendelsund's covers."
-Jo Nesbø, author of The Snowman
“Upbeat and thrilling to look at, his designs are works of art, and at the same time they encapsulate the writer’s truest goal.”
-Nicholas Fox Weber, author of Le Corbusier, and The Bauhaus Group
“Peter Mendelsund is a true artist.”
-Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet
“Peter Mendelsund has the ability to visually and conceptually distill a narrative in such a way that it seems effortlessly inventive, striking, smart, fresh and yet classic. And he does it again and again and again. How I hate him.”
“He’s the exact visual correlative of what I think contemporary literature should be, but usually isn’t doing.”
-Tom McCarthy, author of Remainder
About the Author
Peter Mendelsund is the associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf Books, and a recovering classical pianist. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.
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Perfect for anyone interested in design and the creative process.
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 appreciation for the thought and thoroughness that goes into the design of some of the most famous book covers of our generation. Mendelsund's ingenuity and creativity, as well as resourcefulness and respect for his work is astonishing - and what is perhaps most impressive is learning that he has absolutely no formal training in the work whatsoever and fell into it through a series of impressive connections at the perfect time of his life. It is as if the man has lived two American Dreams.
Cover is a gorgeous book that would easily serve as a centerpiece to a room as well as be home in the reading curriculum of any design student; a pleasure to read and browse. Besides the contents, it is well constructed and printed.