I did a post not too long ago about book cover makeovers that I loved and hated. I like doing post about book covers because it’s something that really relates to me since I’m a designer. I hate having ugly books on my shelves! So if you’re an author reading this then take notes! Some of these trends should have been over a long time ago!
Best Cover Trends
These will always be my favourite. It’s probably the designer in me but I like a plain book cover that shows me all the information I need and is still pretty. Typography does that pretty well.
Minimalistic / Silhouettes
As a designer, my style has always taken a minimalistic approach. I love seeing book covers that I would have designed.
These are the best because you can tell a lot of effort was put into them. There is a limit though. Don’t over do it!
Cover that don’t have people on them / Covers with an object of importance
I’m tired of covers with people on them. I like seeing something different. You know what else is great? When the item is actually symbolic for the book!
Worst Cover Trends
The typical half face cover or masked face cover
I’m so over these. Let’s move on please.
Girl in pretty dress
As much as I LOVE the pretty dresses, they typically have nothing to do with the story. A lot of the time the main character would never be caught dead in a dress. So why bother with it on the cover? See how pretty they are? But they have nothing to do with the book. Also it’s waaaaay over done.
Couple in love
These ones just bore me. Plus they just seem awkward to me. I don’t want to be reading a really great book and have to put it down because someone has noticed you and you’re embarrassed by the half naked couple on the cover. Come on now
Just plain boring
The typical mystery, mass market paperback type books. Or the outdated design books. I’m sure they sell fine but why can’t they look pretty too!?
Do you agree or disagree with any of these? Let me know below!