By Its Cover
"We all know we're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but the truth is that we do just that nearly every time we walk into a bookstore... It's really not something we should be ashamed about, for it reinforces something we sincerely believe: design matters."
A few weeks ago, I attended the AIGA conference in Boston. The authors of By Its Cover were presenters in one of the focus sessions entitled "Debunking Nostalgia: The Truth about Graphic Design History". The moderator, Véronique Vienne, made a joke about how most designers don't read graphic design books — they just look at the pictures. I admit that I "read" design books for the visuals. When By Its Cover arrived to the store just before I left for Boston, I looked at each image in the book and then put in on the shelf. Now that I have heard the authors speak about their process behind compiling the book cover designs and their research, I look forward to reading By Its Cover and judging it not only on the beautiful images and great book design, but on the quality of the written content as well.