The Best Designed Book Covers of 2011


The sharp-eyed editors over at Design Observer just released their list of winners from the latest installment of the website’s annual 50 Books/50 Covers design competition — as selected by their special 35-person advisory panel — and boy is it full of some lookers. Since perusing book covers is one of our favorite pastimes, we’ve pulled together a selection of our favorite designs from the winners’ pool after the jump. Give them a gander, then head to the comments to let us know if you agree with our picks!

The Works of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka (Schocken Books). Designer: Peter Mendelsund. Art Director: Peter Mendelsund

Orientation and Other Stories by Daniel Orozco (Faber and Faber). Designer: Charlotte Strick. Art Director: Charlotte Strick. Other Credits: Jacket illustration by Eric Hanson

C by Tom McCarthy (Vintage Books). Designer: John Gall

IQ84 by Haruki Murakami (Random House). Designer: Chip Kidd. Art Director: Chip Kidd

Oliver Sacks paperback repackage (Vintage). Designer: Cardon Webb. Art Director: John Gall. Design Firm: Vintage/Anchor

A Man of Parts by David Lodge (Viking). Designer: Jaya Miceli. Art Director: Paul Buckley

Adam and Evelyn by Ingo Schulze (Alfred A. Knopf). Designer: Peter Mendelsund. Art Director: Carol Carson

Kerouac Series (Penguin Group USA). Designer: Paul Buckley. Art Director: Paul Buckley. Other Credits: Cover art by Vivienne Flesher

The Bauhaus Group by Nicholas Fox Weber (Yale University Press). Designer: Peter Mendelsund

Adventures in the Orgasmatron by Christopher Turner (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Designer: Marina Drukman. Art Director: Marina Drukman. Design Firm: Marina Drukman Design