Do you judge books by their covers? Despite the saying that attempts to lead everyone away from judging a book by its cover. It seems that is exactly what everyone does.
I'm not the only one who judges book covers, apparently a lot of people do. The New Yorker writes about the The Decline and Fall of the Book Cover and there is also a lot of debate about gendered book covers.
I personally am unabashed about judging a book by its cover, I appreciate book cover art so much that I often have to convince myself to not buy a book only due to its cover. I realize when I am being marketed to and am very conscious of a bad design.
Maybe its the novice graphic designer in me that just cannot help but appreciate simple, straightforward and artistic book covers.
Here are some award winning book covers:
(Interesting note: all three of the editors on Fern & Fog are in the same book club. We probably have gotten to know each other really well this way.)