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The Ignored Art of Spines

What a great follow up to my post about book covers. I agree, the spine can often grab our attention or create disinterest in the same way as a cover can. I personally tend to shy away from books whose spines contain hard to read text; for some reason that equates to me enjoying less the way the book is written. I also love when a series of book spines come together to make a complete picture, such as Chip Kidd shows in his TED talk, or when they all match up nicely. I too fear what the future world will look like when most books truly become digital – will there be less imagination in the world?

Pixel & Pilcrow

So much attention is paid to the front of books that it’s easy to forget that the front cover is only a part, and perhaps not even the most important part, of a book cover. The back cover, the spine, and even the front and back cover flaps are important parts of the book cover experience.

I think there is a strong argument to be made that, at least historically, the spine is at least as important as the front cover. After all, books are kept on shelves, and spines are pretty much all you see when a book is sitting next to its fellow books on the shelf. When perusing books in the library or on your own bookshelf, the spine is all the book has to attract your attention and make you pull it out and look at its front cover.

It’s an interesting challenge to design for…

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3 responses to “The Ignored Art of Spines

  1. Pingback: Top Ten Tuesday {10}: Books Covers I’d Frame as Art | Books Are My Thing

  2. Candace Habte February 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    These are beautiful…never really gave much thought to the spine. Just looked up Anything But Typical on Amazon and the cover is different (the one you posted here is much better).


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