I absolutely love Tomer Hanuka‘s art, design and book covers. Over on his blog, he’s just posted the step-by-step development of a cover that ends up looking like this:
But wow, you’ve got to see how it starts out.
I love process! Love it!
I think the first Hanuka work I ran across was this cover he did for a new Penguin edition of a Marquis de Sade book. I love that he presents the whole thing, flaps and all. One of the things that makes book covers such a great canvas is their modularity; there are at least three distinct parts (front, back, spine) and sometimes two more (the flaps). They’re all related, but there’s also this sharp-edged division. (And one of my favorite things in the world is a book with a contrast-colored spine.)