Vote on Glenn Beck’s new book cover

Important stuff here, folks. Though I don’t want to jinx anything by revealing too much, I’ll probably cast my vote on option #3. The homage to Lady Liberty is well considered, and the lighting from a new dawn really drives the concept home.

April 13th, 2010 by Pieratt   |   10 Comments »

Bordfunk, the work of Matthias Huebner

I came into contact with Matthias while he was working with Gestalten, the publisher of art and design books. Friendly and accommodating with an air of efficiency, he came across as the perfect editor.

Up until the launch of his new site, I had no idea that he’d not only edited a good handful of my favorite art books, but designed them as well. What a talent! Feast your eyes on the works below, and be sure to check out the rest of his collection at his portfolio site, Bordfunk.

March 17th, 2010 by Pieratt   |   No Comments »

Penguin UK on iPad

A brief presentation that includes a children’s book, some reference stuff, and one piece of fiction (a Twilight knock-off) at 1:30 (courtesy of Engadget).

Pretty but reminiscent of mid-nineties multimedia CD-ROMs — a world of over-wrought animation and mystery-meat navigation. The web succeeded where “multimedia” failed; I’d prefer that Penguin’s efforts more closely resembled HTML than Shockwave and Flash.

But regardless, I think these efforts do indicate that there is a future for book cover designers, especially those who have some interest in crossing over into interactive design.

March 4th, 2010 by Eric Jacobsen   |   2 Comments »

The Book Cover Archive could use an intern

We’re considering taking on an intern. Anyone interested?

Tasks and responsibilities would include: helping organize the queue of covers, helping find and post work to the site, helping respond to the flood of submissions we get, a bit of basic spreadsheet maintenance that isn’t as boring as it sounds.

In exchange, you get:
- To make a valued contribution to an awesome project.
- A portion of the money the site makes (barely qualifies as beer money).
- Depending on your level of interest, we might rope you in to help out with some of our other stuff that we’re working on. Some of which is actually interesting.

An upper-level college student makes the most sense, but we’re open to all types. You don’t need to be local (Boston), though getting some coffee or a beer on occasion would be fun. If interested, send your cover letter and resume to

March 3rd, 2010 by Pieratt   |   6 Comments »

Erin Ikeler stuffs

A handful of exceptionally odd and interesting work in Erin Ikeler’s Flickr stream. Can’t always tell what’s original collage and what’s a found object, which adds to the appeal.

Erin Ikeler 1

Erin Ikeler 3

Erin Ikeler 2

Erin Ikeler

February 15th, 2010 by Pieratt   |   1 Comment »

Library Signs

More book-art, courtesy of Collider for the Surry Hills Library in Sydney:


More pictures and a hat tip to Nerdski.

February 14th, 2010 by Eric Jacobsen   |   1 Comment »

real life

Life:Size is an art project by Roland Tiangco wherein he is reproducing “everything in our world” at 100% scale. The first volume is an anthropology bookshelf. It includes folds and perforations so that the owner may reproduce the bookshelf in his own space.


February 11th, 2010 by Eric Jacobsen   |   1 Comment »


Love this simple book graphic featured in the latest issue of Matériel. Graphic by Steven Reimuth (I’d link to his site but there’s nothing on it.)


January 27th, 2010 by Pieratt   |   1 Comment »

Advertising on The Book Cover Archive

I’ve just posted a few thoughts on whether or not it is legitimate to feature advertising the Book Cover Archive.

If this topic is of interest to you, head over there and let me know what you think.

January 11th, 2010 by Pieratt   |   3 Comments »

The YouWorkForThem Book Archive

I admit I shed a mental tear when YouWorkForThem announced they were killing off its book section for good, so I rejoiced a bit when they released the Book Archive this morning. A massive collection of all the books you were always trying to get your relatives to buy you for the holidays.

Semirelated: you may have heard that Mike Cina left YWFT/WWFT. An amazingly talented guy, I’m sure he’ll blow us all away with his solo work sooner than later.

YWFT Book Archive

January 11th, 2010 by Pieratt   |   No Comments »

“50 Most Captivating Covers of All Time”

Online Universities(.com) has a post about their favorite covers of all time. Lots of the usual suspects with a few classics interjected here and there.

January 7th, 2010 by Pieratt   |   3 Comments »

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2006

By Way Shape From, 2006


December 31st, 2009 by Pieratt   |   No Comments »

Christopher Brand has a new site

Lovely new site. Talented SOB.


December 30th, 2009 by Pieratt   |   2 Comments »

Random button

We added a “random” function to the Archive last week. I have to say that it is pretty glorious.

December 28th, 2009 by Pieratt   |   No Comments »

Explosions in the sky

Quick, someone use this on something. A collage of fireworks compiled from over 50 photos


December 28th, 2009 by Pieratt   |   No Comments »