This isn’t really a rant against stock photography nor a critique on a particular style of book cover design — it’s just something I’ve been noticing. We all know the perils & pitfalls and yes, the advantages, of instant stock imagery but in the long run, perhaps it’s best to have your own unique, original imagery and if you can’t afford that then a really good designer. The same can be applied to brand building and the layers of meaning attached to a logo or a product. Visual positioning is essential for brands and, let’s be honest here, we do judge books by their covers, don’t we?
In most cases the image on the right is the most recent version. Thank to the internet for all sourced imagery.
Flipping the image — no one would notice, would they?
At least there was a little color adjustment going on here.
The transparent overlay of skyscraper and clouds really didn’t ‘cover’ this.
It’s all a bit grotty 70′s motel, but at least Peter Handke’s original story DID come out in 1974.
Adding illustration, flipping the image and increasing color saturation helps, but it’s not really new, is it? Even the titles are in the same place.
Apparently these two almost identical books came out barely a month apart.
An ever-so-slight color adjustment made here.
These two even kept the same sepia tone.
OK, we get it.