Saturday, November 7, 2009

Book Covers

I always thought that Book Covers and Wine Labels were my dream project. I spent 10 years in the coffee industry- check, retail packaging (but the cool stuff) - check, did a board game or two- check, but the ever elusive famous band CD covers, really swanky, big budget wine label, and David Sedaris-esque book cover eludes me... until now. An old friend (and my very first date) asked me to design a book cover for his collection of short stories. I was skeptical, but ended up falling in love with it. Please take a look at his website Michael J. Atwood. His words hit home for me- perhaps our strict Irish-catholic upbringing, or our love for all things outside Massachusetts (but still came home)... regardless, it's worth a read. He's just renamed the collection to "Funerals & Baptisms". I've found this design project to be extremely challenging, frustrating, exciting, and difficult- all at the same time. I think I'll veer towards wine labels now. lol. Which cover do you like best? any suggestions?


  1. wow, you have had quite a career! I will take a spin over at Micahel's website. As far as the bookcovers, I thinkn the second one is the best layout/design. :)

  2. revised and reposted.
    Thanks for the feedback Sophia! :)

  3. Hmmm, this is a hard question as all of them are appealing. I am personally drawn to the first one as a book cover but the third one for a poster maybe? I like that you can see more of the background. So funny, it's all so subjective.

    Anyway, very nice designs. What an interesting career you have had. My friend and I did a wine label challenge a few months ago. A lable a day for a month. It was fun.

  4. oh my! I have so many wine label ideas... Wench Quench, Lush, Plump, etc...I think in my next life, I'd like to be a Sommeiler. I can't spell it, but I'd like to be one. Perhaps in this life- when I retire to Carmel. Ha!