Book Cover Design

However much things change, people still judge a book by its cover.

The cover is one of the most important selling tools for your book. Depending on the genre of your book, you may need both images and design, or just design. If you write books in the self-help genre, you can get away with a simple, easy-to-read “text treatment” (for an example of this see The Creative Life in 365 Degrees below).

Below is a gallery of books that I have published in print and as ebooks. Several have been on Amazon’s bestselling list.

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Invisible Man

A redesign of a classic. Illustration and design copyright Aliyah Marr.

Morgan Stanley Website and Animated Header

Morgan Stanley Website and Animated Header


In this series, I show my students how to design websites with outstanding site architecture.


Aliyah Marr’s tutorial on how to use humor in web design.

Love @ First Site

WritingLove @ First Site: article for Dynamic Graphics / Create Magazine reviewing best websites of the year. Feature article in Dynamic Love @ First Site What’s new, cool (& also bad) in web design by Aliyah Marr February 2009 If you look over the internet today, you might think it’s a wasteland of shopping carts …

How do You Like Those Upside-Down Apples?

Like a lot of designers, I own a MacBook.  Every single time I take my computer out of its case, I have to remember to place the laptop with its logo upside-down, so I can open the lid. Of course, as a graphic designer and marketer, I like to reflect about why Apple placed their …

Going to Pieces

One of my favorite books by a bestselling author.


The redesign of a bestselling book.

San Diego Folklife Website Concept #3

Conceptual website design and specs for San Diego Folklife.


How to use typography effectively on the web.

I design beautiful book interiors too. Here is a sample spread from one of my latest books, The Tarot Key.

Interior Spread for The Tarot Key
Interior Spread for The Tarot Key

Most people don’t know the difference between a designer and an illustrator. An illustrator paints or draws pictures. Graphic designers work with text and images in balanced compositions; in other words, a designer puts together the pieces of the book. Sometimes illustrators are also designers.

The above books were designed and illustrated by Aliyah Marr.


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