Book Research Task

For this task I am to research multiple books to explore front covers, back covers and spines to find benchmarks and patterns to further my research to help me with my own designs when I begin the design process. For the research I went through my house and picked out different books; I then scanned in the front and back covers of the books to use as research.

watchmen front 001The positioning of the typography on the front cover is placed on the left fifth, this includes the title, authors and awards the book has been awarded. There are no spot varnishes, embossments or foils added to the front cover, but this can be so that the title of the book matches with the yellow of the image. The author names are very small and placed in the black area, this could be that because the black area is so small that the only size the authors names could be to fit into it. The name of the authors isn’t very big because people don’t know the authors that well, however the title is large as its been made into a film and multiple versions of the book have been printed. The scale of the title of the book is large enough so that it covers the majority of the black space with it merging with same yellow of the image. The imagery is placed in the remaining four fifths of the front cover with the image bleeding off. The genre of the book is comic and graphic novel, the cover doesn’t really tell the audience/buyer what the book is about.

watchmen back 001

There is no blurb on the back cover, only quotes and ratings form reviewers and critics. The black and yellow areas continue onto the back, however the back has been divided into two rows with information about the authors and a barred code placed in the black half. The spine of the book is black and has the same typeface used on the front cover for the title in yellow along the spine. The author names are also placed on the spine on the bottom third, there is also the logo of te clock that was on the front page at the top of the spine.

spanish front 001

The typography used on the front cover is the Collins logo at the top of the front cover, an italic piece of text showing the audience that the book is for easy learning, the main title of the book is placed in the second of the four rows with the word ‘Spanish’ being larger and in bold than the word ‘Dictionary’ which is placed underneath. A brief description of the book has been featured on the book also as well as the word new for the audience to make a decision about whether they want to own and learn the language which is ‘easy’ to do. The book has no embossing, varnishing or foils added so it isn’t very eye-catching apart from the colours that are bright and vibrant. Collins is a well know book publisher of dictionaries and educational books which is probably why their name has been placed at the top so that buyers can see it is a Collins book. The title is the largest part of the front cover as it is the main selling point of the book for people who are looking to start learning spanish. There is little to no imagery apart from the red and yellow rectangles that have been used to break up the front cover and have the brief description placed inside it. The genre of the book is reference and language.

spanish back 001

The blurb is placed in the second quarter of the back cover with the Collins logo above it. There is also a quick guide under the blurb as well as the Collins stamp of approval as well as the bard code. the back cover is still the same colour as the front cover but it doesn’t have the coloured rectangles like the front does. The spine has the Collins logo placed at the top as well as the title of the book as well as the Collins stamp placed at the bottom of the spine.

mash front 001

The typography is placed at the top of the first of four rows in a military style stencil font. There is no spot varnish, foils or embossing on the front cover as its being kept simple. The author’s name is placed at the bottom of the front cover in white which isn’t a good colour as it doesn’t stand out enough against the light blue background, however this could be to make the image and the title the main focus of the front cover for the buyers and audience. The title scale is large enough so that it takes up the top quarter of the front cover. A military jeep has been placed in the middle of the front cover in a specific art style. The genre is war and fiction, the art work can tell the audience/buyer that the book is about war and most probably fiction.

mash back 001

The blurb covers half the back cover and is in two paragraphs; there are images of two medical helicopter at the bottom of the back cover with a barred code at the very bottom. The art style and colour are the same as the front cover. The spine has the same text and images as the front cover, however the title is much smaller with the picture in the middle dividing up the title and the authors.

looking glass wars front 001

The typography of the front cover has the title placed at the top of the cover, the author’s name has been placed at the bottom of the page with a quote from the Guardian in the centre of the page. The cover does have spot varnishing over the all of the text as well as a logo/symbol of all the suites in a pack of cards and also the figures on the front cover. The author’s name is smaller than the title placed at the bottom of the cover in the same typeface as the title. The title covers the top third of the cover because of the image used. the image placed, covers the book from cover to cover. The imagery is in a specific art style with areas of white for text. The genre of this book is fantasy/fiction which is clear to the buyer/audience because of the imagery and the fictional wars.

looking glass wars back 001

The size of the blurb font varies as the reader moves down the back cover, another quote from a critic has been placed on the back with all the text being spot varnished. The blurb was placed down two-thirds of the back cover with a barred code and the images on the back at the bottom. The images of the front wraps around from the front cover onto the spine and onto the back cover. The author’s name is at the top of the spine, with the playing card suites logo placed between the author’s name and the title and finally in smaller font size is the publisher’s name.

Ice station front 001

The typography of the front cover has the text being placed in the bottom three fifths of the cover with the rest of the space being used for the images. There is nothing added to the text such as embossing, spot varnishes or foils. The author’s name is as  big as the title and is in the same typeface but is coloured differently so that it can be differentiated from the title. The imagery placed covers the whole front cover with a compass in the top right corner to fill in the blank area. The genre of the book is Action/war because of the cover art and the name of the book audience and buyers will be able to tell what genre the book is.

Ice station back 001

For the blurb the reference that it’s an international best seller is the largest piece of type to get the buyer’s attention as well as the tag line. The actual blurb is in the smallest size as well as the quote from a critic. the blurb is placed in the centre of the cover with the review directly below it and then a bard code in the bottom right corner and references to who designed the covers as well. On the spine there is the image of the soldier on the front cover that is shrunk down in size as well as the name of the author with the title of the book in the centre.

horrible history front 001

The typography placed on the front cover has the Horrible Histories banner placed at he top of the cover as most of the books they published do; there is an area with the title of the book in a period specific typeface flanked by the author’s name as well as the illustrators name. There is no spot varnishing, foils or embossing used on the front cover at all. The author’s name is small and placed in the corner of the area where the title of the book is. The imagery used covers the whole front cover and is done in a specific artistic style. The genre of the book is historical which the buyers/audience will see when they look at the Horrible History banner that the book is that genre for children.

horrible history back 001

The blurb is placed at  the top half of the page with the Horrible Histories banner above that, and a barred code at the base of the page with a blank space between. The image bleeds around the whole book but the main details are on the front with minor details on the back. The Horrible Histories banner is featured on the spine as well as the title of the book and the author’s name.

hobbit front 001

The typography on the front cover is placed so that the title of the book is placed two-fifths of the way down the page so that it can be positioned well on the imagery behind it so that it doesn’t hide any details of the image. The author’s name is placed at the bottom four-fifths of the page in black against the imagery. There is no spot varnish, foils or embossing applied to this book cover. The authors name is rather small compared to the title of the book, even though Tolkien is a very famous author his name hasn’t been made large to get the buyers attention. The imagery of the book covers the whole book with the very unique art style. The imagery has a border around the whole book cover with runes written inside and a landscape image spanning both covers and spine. The genre of the book  is fantasy which is clear to the buyer/audience because of the dragon on the cover and the odd landscape.

hobbit back 001

The blurb is placed in the centre of the  back cover with critic reviews and then the barred code and Tolkien logo underneath. The spine features the title of the book presented horizontally on the spine, which is different to most other  books that i have researched.

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