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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (Aug. 5 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576876675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576876671
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 3.8 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."
-New Republic

“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.”
-Chip Kidd

“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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By Gail on Aug. 30 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an Art / coffee table book. I found it very interesting as I like the 'Art' of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference Oct. 10 2014
By Pablo - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you're a graphic designer or visual artist I highly recommend checking out this book. While Peter works in such a specific industry, it is beyond helpful to have somebody this influential explain his process and trajectory. Additionally, if you enjoy literature + design as well, you'll probably enjoy it even more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful unfolding of the creative process Sept. 2 2014
By Tim Speidel - Published on
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Beautiful book, great presentation and concepts.
Perfect for anyone interested in design and the creative process.
Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done, this book covers more than pictorially displaying ... Sept. 7 2014
By Wesley J. Ginther - Published on
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Beautifully done, this book covers more than pictorially displaying the creative book covers. This book, however, is so large it cannot be held in a lap for reading and viewing. It truly is a coffee table sized book. The content does display the creative genius of the author. An excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's also funny. Sept. 22 2014
By gbiv - Published on
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The cover designs alone would have made this book worth purchasing. The backstory for certain designs and Peter's insights into the cover design process make for an interesting read. It's also funny.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true pleasure Oct. 15 2014
By Jane Morris - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Stellar book! The combination of gorgeous book covers and witty poignant text captures Mendelsund's graphic design endeavors perfectly. There's a lot to relate to and a lot to be inspired by. Enjoy!