Hack the cover

Designer Craig Mod:

This is an essay for book lovers and designers curious about where the cover has been, where it’s going, and what the ethos of covers means for digital book design. It’s for those of us dissatisfied with thoughtlessly transferring print assets to digital and closing our eyes.

The cover as we know it really is — gasp — ‘dead.’ But it’s dead because the way we touch digital books is different than the way we touch physical books. And once you acknowledge that, useful corollaries emerge.

Virtually all my reading these days is electronic but man, Craig has some amazing, gorgeous cover examples here.

(As an aside, can I just say how incredible FF Tisa looks on this page? Makes me start to question my own designs, in a good way.)