Best Book Cover Design of 2012 | Inspirational Portfolio [56]


As you all know, my favorite design field is the book design cover and inside layout. I am fascinated by the stories and how one can convey with a design a whole story of 100 or 200 or even 500 and more pages with thousands words. And not only to convey the message but to also attract the readers to take the book into their hands and explore it. Here I made a selection of those books that I found most interesting and inspiring. Books that were published in 2012. Of course I am sure there are hundreds other great designs but unfortunately I couldn’t spot. You can view my previous collection of 2011 as well here.


After Freud Left edited by John Burnham
Cover designed by Isaac Tobin


Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott


Bloodland by Alan Glynn
Jacket design by Keith Hayes


The Broken Lands by Kate Milford


Building Stress
Jacket design by Chris Ware


In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Jacket design by Megan Wilson


City Girl
Cover design by Kurhaus Publishing


Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson


Dead Man Upright by Derek Raymond
Cover design by Christopher King


In Dreams Begin Responsibilities by Delmore Schwartz
Cover Design by Matt Dorfman


Eight Girls Taking Picures by Whitney Otto
Cover Design by Rex Bonomelli


Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Cover design by Cardon Webb


Skag Boys by Irvine Welsh


Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
Cover illustration by Seth
Cover design by Gail Doobinin.


List Do Mojego Zucia by Miriam Meckel
Cover design by Kurhaus Publishing


Lost at Sea. The Jon Ronson Mysteries
Cover design by Matt Dorfman


All Men Are Liars by Alberto Manguel
Cover design by Jason Booher


Men in Space by Tom MacCarthy
Cover design by John Gall


Mr. Penumra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Cover design by Rodrigo Corrall


One Day I will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina


Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif
Cover design by Oliver Munday


Privacy by Garret Keizer


Oliver Sacks Collection
Covers design by Cardon Webb


Smut by Alan Bennett
Cover design by Henry Sene Yee


The Selection by Kiera Cass


1% by Christopher Hayes
Cover design by Ben Wiseman


Cover design by Tad Carpenter


A Free Man by Aman Sethi
Cover design by Ben Wiseman


The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus
Cover design by Peter Mendelsund


Angel maker by Nick Harkaway
Cover design by Jason Booher


Penguin Drop Cap, Penguin (US)
Cover Series Design by Paul Buckley and Jessica Hische


The Dubliners by James Joyce
Cover design by Apfel Zet / Richard Bravery


Fish in the Sky by Fridik Erlings
Cover designer by Matt Roeser. Art Direction by Chris Paul


Global Reggae. Edited by Prof. Carolyn Cooper
Cover design by Michael Thompson


Bez Makijazu Prawdziwe Historie Kobiet
Cover design by Kurhaus Publishing



I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail
Cover design by Jonathan Yamakami


Judgment Calls by Thomas H. Davenport & Brook Manville
Cover design by Catherine Casalino. Art Direction by Stephani Finks


Meant to Be by Lauren Morril
Cover design by Heather Daugherty. Art Direction by Isabel Warren-Lynch


The Sniper’s Log by Alejandro Zaera-Polo
Cover design by ActarPro


Watergate by Thomas Mallon
Cover design by Paul Sahre


The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Cover design by Jonny Pelham



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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