Astonishing Book Covers & Posters by Will Harris | Inspirational Portfolio [26]


We know you’re already judging this cover. That’s the whole point. That’s what book buyers (and reviewers) do. That’s why your want your cover to stand out, surprise, delight, even shock. Otherwise it’s off to the remainder bin for you! That’s what Daniel Will-Harris does. Well ok, he does more than that, but his best part, what I really love is his cover designs. Because Harris’s covers not only get your attention, they communicate, in a split second, the content and tone of the book.

MoMA called Will-Harris “a computer graphics pioneer,” and his work “truly unique.”

Daniel Will-Harris is a computer graphics pioneer who literally wrote the book on computer typography, design and publishing in print and on the web.

He invented the EsperFonto system which created a new paradigm in typeface selection. He has designed award-winning books and book covers for major publishers, visual systems for the entertainment industry and identities for restaurants listed among the top 50 in the country. He has written and edited seven best-selling books, as well as international design publications. He is currently at work writing and designing his second book of short stories, creating a cutting-edge clothing line called “Under Cover” and a series of of “souvenirs of imaginary places,” and acting in independent films. (via pprojects watches)


“I know sometimes you can tell a book by its cover, and I was so knocked out by the smart, funny, and totally engaging cover of The Laughter & Sadness of Sex that I couldn’t stop looking at it.” Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls in Trouble and Coming Back To Me, Book columnist, The Boston Globe and Imagine Magazine.

“Will-Harris’ covers are uncannily good. They convey the book in a split second. I’ve had people tell me that they’ve picked it up because the cover attracted their attention. Will-Harris gets into people’s heads in a way that’s unexplainable.”  Christopher Meeks, author The Laughter & Sadness of Sex, Writing Professor Cal Arts.


“Daniel’s work is deceptively simple. Nothing touches the page or screen unless it fulfills a meaningful purpose. After looking at a design, you’re apt to feel: “It’s exactly what I wanted–but executed far better than I thought it could be.” Roger Parker, author of the best-selling Looking Good in Print.


Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (

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