I’m a sucker for a pretty cover, even better if it involves some typography or just a lovely font. Saying these things outside of the internet earns raised eyebrows but I feel like the book community here understands this love – which is why this week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic of Title Fonts on Covers is perfect. For those who don’t know, Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful Lainey. So without further ado, my top 5 (and yes, actually ranked) list of Title Fonts on Covers:
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee [Arrow Books, 2010] – I adore the simplicity of the cover design, the cream background and black silhouette work wonderfully and the title’s calligraphic font fits nicely with the personal bildungsroman nature of the narrative
4. Notes From An Exhibition by Patrick Gale [Harper Perennial, 2008] – similarly, the handwritten style of the font on this cover sets beautifully, especially when deliberately contrasted with the standard, serif font which carries the author’s name
3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz [Simon and Schuster, 2014] – gorgeous cover design overall but the swirly again handwritten font style helps to tie together this story about teenage growth and discovery
2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski [Bloomsbury, 2014] – the simple act of rotating the title makes for a striking and unique cover, especially with the bold choice of setting the title font over the main image itself
1. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell [Sceptre, 2005] – the detailing within the letters is, simply put, beautiful and the pink background, blue shine, and white lettering works surprisingly well. The intricate swirls within the font’s letters help to pick out Mitchell’s renowned style in which deeper inter-connections and layers unfold within and between the separate structures/stories within his novels
8 responses to “T5W | Title Fonts on Covers”
I like the look of Cloud Atlas there! And…. am I allowed to say…. I’ve never read To Kill A Mockingbird? :P
That edition is rather beautiful! You’re definitely allowed to say it, I only read it a couple of years ago.
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That is a beautiful edition of To Kill a Mockingbird! To Kill a Mockingbird and The Winner’s Curse are two great examples of typography that is simple yet effective and eye-catching. I also love the typography on that edition of Cloud Atlas! You made some great choices :)
I think some of the best examples I’ve seen on other people’s lists are genuinely the ones that are simple yet effective, like The Winner’s Curse. Thanks for looking and commenting!
That copy of To Kill A Mockingbird is beautiful and I want it!
I’m really picky with editions of TKAM because a lot of them aren’t all that pretty :/
I recently bought that copy of To Kill a Mockingbird (and I’m also giving one away in my book giveaway!) It’s such a nice copy. I really need to read Cloud Atlas as well, but am yet to find a copy…
Personally I think it’s a lovely edition – it’s slightly smaller than most standard paperbacks and it has a pocketbook kind of feel? Cloud Atlas is high on my TBR after laying it aside a few years back and every time I look at the cover I itch to read it. They seem to have redesigned the covers lately which is fine but I’m really fond of this older one. :P Hope you find a copy soon!
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