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.

San Diego Folklife Website Concept #1

Conceptual website design and specs for San Diego Folklife.


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

The Pearl

3D art and design copyright Aliyah Marr

The Lost Boy

Sometimes the best solution is a subtle one. Here the word “Lost” hides out in the open.

Creative Life

A “calendar” book of inspirational quotes for creative people.


One of my favorite book designs. 3D art and book design copyright Aliyah Marr

PCT Exhibit Design

Concepts for display of auto parts in a free-standing exhibit in Pep Boys store.

Morgan Stanley Website and Animated Header

Morgan Stanley Website and Animated Header


What happens when the client gives you heartburn along with information overload, and how to fix it with great design.

Race Myth

The image is of a popup toy that I bought in Chelsea a few years ago. Tension is indicated by the jarring offset of the foreground and background colors.

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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