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A fucking brilliant cover

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 09, 2003

I’ve been keen on book design lately, especially the covers. I love looking at all the new arrivals at the bookstore and have been following a few sites that talk about book design on a regular basis (Cheshire Dave’s book cover reviews, Readerville’s most coveted covers, Rebecky, etc.). When I IMed Lance about his book of stories from Glassdog (and other places) and related my book design preoccupation to him, he said, “well, why don’t you design a cover for my book?” And I said, “holy crap, yes!” and here we are:

cover for Fucking Brilliant

You probably can’t tell from the smallish picture, but the cover is a cross stitch pattern (detail here). It doesn’t look so nice thumbnailed on the web, but the design should be quite effective when observed on the real article held at arm’s length. At least that’s the hope since I haven’t actually seen the book yet…Brown is on the case and it’s being hurriedly UPSed to my present location.

You may order the book with the above cover or with your choice of three other covers (two by Lance and one by Heather Champ)…with more cover designs on the way.