The Joys of Judging a Book By its Cover

Thursday July 05, 2018 Written by Sam Wilson

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It’s ironic that a blog about books should be so light on words, but the pictures do the talking in Book Worship. Dedicated to the “graphically interesting but otherwise uncollectible” books of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, graphic designer Shawn Hazen’s Book Worship is an obsessive visual ode to a particular kind of understated, uber-cool cover art you don’t see around much anymore.

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Abstract geometric patterns, hard-edged colour field design, and modernist typography work their magic to give uninviting titles like Information, Mechanism and Meaning, The Situation Ethics Debate and Modern Nuclear Technology a welcome boost. An obscure design hero named Roy Kuhlman is deified. And just when all the stylised intellectualism is about to rewire your neural pathways, a lurid sci-fi paperback is thrown in to lighten the vibe.

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For even more niche design geekery, be sure to check out Book Worship’s companion blog, Typophonic, devoted to the typography of record covers.

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Photography: Book Worship