Carrie Shryock

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Judging Books by Their Covers

I'm definitely guilty of judging books by their covers. Don't get me wrong, I don't choose what to read solely based on what's on the cover. But, I am definitely drawn to picking up certain books if the cover design draws me in.  And for some reason, if a book has a nicely designed cover, I enjoy it just a little bit more. I'm not alone here, am I?

a couple of weeks ago I was browsing around a used bookstore and I stumbled across this copy of The Sibyl by Par Lagerkvist. The cover design alone is what made me pick it up, and I bought it because it just looked interesting. Turns out it is more a parable than a story - about divine love. It's short, and beautifully written, but one of those books that needs to be dissected and discussed to fully grasp what it's all about. Something that I most likely wouldn't have chosen to read if it hadn't caught my eye and drawn me in. And I'm glad it did.

As it turns out, the cover of this particular copy was designed by George Giusti, who was an award winning mid-century graphic designer, illustrator, artist, and architect. His career spanned all facets of the art and design world, but he maintained the attitude that "art is art" and he refused to label any of his work as either "commercial" or "fine art ."

Seems like a pretty good attitude to have. Maybe that's why I was so drawn to his cover design. 

Here's a small collection of some more of his work...