— Kobe Abu

I am really rather taken with this series of new book covers for author Kobe Abu’s novels.Here’s an interview with the designer of the book covers, John Gall, about these designs and his creative process:


How did you get started in book cover design?

My first job out of college—a foot in the door kind of thing—was at a mass market publishing house. In order to make it work, I had to figure out what would make a good cover and then do the exact opposite. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough and never wanted to work in publishing again.


What is this series about?

These are a set of novels by Kobo Abe. Some words used to describe him: avant-garde, surreal, Marxist, absurd, black-humored.


Did the publisher impose any constraints?

Strict paperback format 5 3/16 x 8.


What steps did you take before commencing designs?

Reading the books and compiling notes and images.


Did you collaborate with someone and if so, describe the process?

These covers were created in collaboration with Ned Drew and we had a blast working on them.


Was there a clear working process that led up to the final design?

A number of years ago Ned asked if I wanted to participate in an email collage project he was working on. One person starts a collage, emails it to someone else, they add to it and pass it back. I think there is a name for it now (photoshop tennis?) but this was way before all that.


I really enjoyed the process and thought, “Wouldn’t this be a great way to design a book cover?” Then: “Actually, wouldn’t this be a really horrible way to design a book cover?” Regardless, I decided to give it a shot. I contacted Ned, and off we went. After the first back and forth I knew we were on to something.


Via: Faceout Books



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