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Amazing and Creative Book Cover Art and Design

30 Giu

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it can be unavoidable. The cover of a book can often make a strong first impression that is hard to ignore. Those who have had a lifelong love affair with books know the thrill of running their fingertips down a spine cloaked in rich mahogany leather. However, there are some books so cleverly designed that they captivate even the casual bookstore browser.

Travel and History

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(images via aesopJohn Prattwmsh_kiwi)

A good book often has the ability to pull us into a different place and time. This unique Thames Tunnel book was used to promote the tunnel when it opened in 1843. It now calls Bristol reference library home. The holes in the cover of John Harrison and His Chronometer were meant to show off the artwork inside, but in the right lighting, cause the images to glow seductively. Other books can literally help you find your way with a map that doubles as a cover.

A Celebration of Art

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(images via Unhindered by TalentnormanackKaDeWeGirl)

Artistic book covers tend to intrigue us and make us want to know more. Not only are they interesting to look at, we also are drawn in to the deeper meaning of the art. These book covers speak to us through mysterious subtleties.

DIY Crafty Covers

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(images via ejhogbinandymangolddakiniWildGuruLarry)

People who love arts and crafts often create their own stunning cover designs. A cute book cover can be knitted or crocheted, painted, distressed or weathered. Some books aren’t for reading at all, but contain pressed botanical treasures.

The Bold and Bizarre

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(images via christophercarfiBeigeAlertdebaird)

Artists often use humor and oddities in book cover designs to attract interest and capture an audience. The shock value is striking and may cause readers to have a look, but these books must deliver on the promises their covers imply to keep readers engaged.

Sensational Books That Pop and Prickle

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(images via unhinderedunforthIrisDragon)

Who didn’t love pop-up books as a kid? Books that pop when you open the cover offer a surprise that others don’t. Some books don’t save the 3-D thrill for the inside and outwardly present it for everyone to see. These books are interesting to look at and touch, but may not offer much literary value. Those of us who love to curl up with a good read might enjoy the superficial sensory experiences these books offer, but will have to keep looking for substance.

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Strange Bookshelves

30 Giu

Creative and Unusual Bookshelves

The most creative modern shelves and unusual bookshelf designs that will allow you to display your book collection in style.

Pulseline Shelf

Inspired by a line that illustrates human heartbeat, this shelf is made from 3mm metal sheet. The edge is painted with fluorescent green. [link]

Pulseline Shelf

Distorted Bookshelf

Extremely unusual plywood bookshelf design by dbd Studio. [link]

Distorted Bookshelf

Flybrary Bookshelf

Books hang on metal strips, creating the levitation effect. [link]

Flybrary Bookshelf

Infinity Shelf System

Cool never ending shelf system designed by Samuel Accoceberry. [link]

Infinity Shelf System

FlexiTube Shelving

Modular shelving by Doris Kisskalt. Inside each tube is a shelf for storage which serves as a visual horizontal line. [link]

FlexiTube Shelving

LIEUL Bookshelf

Contemporary bookshelf by the industrial designer Ahn DaeKyung. [link]

LIEUL Bookshelf

Branch Shelf

Hand painted tree branch inspired shelf made from solid wood. [link]

Branch Shelf

Wind Shelf

“Shelf in the Wind” designed by Olivia Bradateanu. [link]

Wind Shelf

Storyline Bookshelf

Sound finds a physical identity in this beautifully crafted bookshelf. [link]

Storyline Bookshelf

Coffee Table Bookshelf

Unique coffee table comes with cool compartments for your books. [link]

Coffee Table Bookshelf

Comic Bookshelf

Creative bookshelf inspired by speech bubbles from comic books. [link]

Comic Bookshelf

Tree Bookshelf

Beautiful tree inspired bookshelf by Korea designer Shawn Soh. [link]

Tree Bookshelf

United States Bookshelf

Bookshelf by Ron Arad shaped like the United States of America. [link]

United States Bookshelf

Books as Sculpture

10 Mag

Brian Dettmer is a young American artist born in Chicago and now residing in Atlanta. His work departs from existing objects, such as old maps, old picture books, etc., which are then completely re-interpreted by the artist personally.

Thanks to instruments such as scalpels or knives, the artist made of real sections of these objects to create sculptures made by an accumulation of pages and illustrations that overlap one another. Thanks to the extreme precision of the artist, we have a totally new vision of these objects, such as books or boxes by now old and obsolete, they become real masterpieces.

This artist also has a space on Flickr have to admire his creations, there are also numerous galleries that host their online spaces other works that were exhibited.