I decided to do my design blitz on the covers of various books I own. We’re always taught to “never judge a book by its cover”, but let’s face it: we do. That is why most authors either spend a lot of time on the cover of their book themselves, or they hire someone else to do it. You could have written the best book in history, but if the cover is garbage than probably so will your sales.

The first category of design I looked at was typography. I choose The Book Thief by Markus Zusac and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini because the kind of font used for the titles of these books isn’t typical. Most authors use plain fonts that are extremely easy to read so that possible customers won’t pass their book by for another that has a clear, generic font.

Next I did balance. The HTML book with the very symmetrical and centered design is almost perfectly balanced. The only deviance from balance are the four different colors in the logo, but that is very minor and actually fits the cover well in my opinion. You could also argue that this is a very minimalistic design because other than the logo in the center and the author’s name a few spaces down, most of the cover is empty.

I absolutely love the cover that I choose for rhythm. (It’s also by favorite out of these books). It is The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the cover features a boy that looks to be sinking in water. The detail of the rippling water is so profound and realistic it almost looks like a photograph rather than art.

Next, I looked at proportion. For this one I photographed Looking For Alaska by John Green, and I tried to emphasize the proportion between the writing of title and the author. The title is lower-cased, blocky, and harder to read than the author’s name, which is bigger and upper-cased. John Green is a very popular and well-known author, and writers like him can easily highlight their names over the title because it will not it will most likely increase the sales of his book rather than the opposite.

The last category of design I featured in my design blitz was dominance. I chose the book Origin Story by David Christian because of its very unique cover. Out of all the books I own, this is the only book that has author at the top, the title at the bottom, and a very minimalist design in the center. But, the minimalistic drawings in the center dominate the page due to this particular layout. They are spread out from the title and author’s name, and they are in different colors against a solid black background, which make them stand out and dominate the page even more.