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.

Click on an image to open the slide show.

The Avatars of Eden

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 …

FreshAsylum Website

FreshAsylum website. A fully interactive Flash site with an innovative interface.

Web Fantastic

A walk through the unusual and fantastic in web design today.

David Doubilet

I was commissioned to design the signage for the David Doubilet “Below” exhibit, sponsored by National Geographic and Rolex. David’s extraordinary photography was printed on Chameleon™ cloth,* a translucent material used in stage production, commercial photography, and exhibit design. The signage was used in the two front windows of the space. Click on image to …

IBM Computer Generator

IBM Computer Generator Concept

Perception

Tutorial: How Gestalt principles can be used to communicate and sell through graphic design by Aliyah Marr

American Express Digital Wallet Concepts

Concepts for the American Express Digital Wallet

Make Offer

The “gangsta” theme of this book provoked a ransom note cover.

San Diego Folklife Website Concept #1

Conceptual website design and specs for San Diego Folklife.

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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