Book and magazine covers

TASK

Pick a range of examples of book or magazine covers that use illustration and discuss how the relationship between image and text works:

  • How does the typography of the title, author and other details interplay with the illustration?
  • What’s the relationship between type and image?
  • Identify examples where the illustrator has created space in their image to accommodate the typography, and other examples where this relationship is less successful.
  • Can you find examples where the type and image are pulling in the same direction – where they’ve supported each other successfully?

some examples:
Shell Book of Roads 1964
50,000 Dollars Ernest Hemingway 1950
The Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger 1951
The Unnamable Samuel Beckett 1958
Victorian Panorama Peter Quennell 1937