Favorite covers

This week I had a birthday, and it is way past time to get this project going. I spent a few hours today dearchiving and pdf-ing and now have folder of portfolio images

This blog post, I’ll pick my favorites — covers that please my eye. All are covers done for Copper Canyon Press over about 1998 to present.

As Earth Begins to End by Patricia Goedicke The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin
In the Next Galaxy by Ruth Stone Book cover of Lao-Tzu's Taoteching translated by Red Pine, Copper Canyon Press
The Insomniac Liar of Topo by Norman Dubie One With Others by C.D. Wright
Of This World by Joseph Stroud Transparence of the World by Jean Follain, translated by W.S. Merwin

I showed my portfolio once and asked the art director her impression. She said “your covers are kind of quiet.” In the case of these covers for my longtime client Copper Canyon Press, that quiet is probably an intersection of my taste and Copper Canyon Press’s usual presentation of a strong image with understated typography.

I’ll talk more about these covers in future posts.

I welcome comments.

Author: VJB/Scribe

Book designer, project manager, publishing coach. Author of Bookbuilder's Almanac, the swatchbook for digital publishing design.

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