From our Design Department

Please welcome Laura Williams, our Art Assistant and Promotional Materials Goddess! Laura gets to do design work on jackets, blads, press kits, and anything else we can dream up. In a job that necessitates constant creativity at a house that puts out so many beautiful books (if we don’t say so ourselves!),  we were curious — what are your all-time favorite Algonquin jackets?  We asked; Laura answered. Read on for the three designs that really get her mojo going… Mudbound

Mudbound (by Hillary Jordan) is one of my new favorites. I think the designer (Lisa Fyfe) did an amazing job portraying the spirit of the book. The bird is so poetic.

Wicked Plants
I am also very fond of Wicked Plants (by Amy Stewart). I think the jacket conjures up all kinds of things ranging from old seed packet designs to the Farmer’s Almanac, and it does so in a wickedly irreverent way. The whole book design is really great, and the illustrations are just amazing. *Stay tuned next week for an appropriately Halloween-y excerpt and illustrations from Wicked Plants–PLUS a giveaway of the book itself!

The Last Girls
I am also fond of The Last Girls (by Lee Smith). It is a very simple, yet powerful cover. I remember when I first saw it in a bookstore and it just leapt off the shelf.

What are some of your favorite jackets of all time?

One Comment On This Post:

November 6, 2009
1:17 pm
Marie says...

I have always liked The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold book jacket. It is a very simple design: blue background with a silver charm bracelet. There is a movie coming out soon for this book; I’m definitely going to watch.

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