Category Archives: Book Cover Illustration

The Art of Cover Design

“One of the most exciting aspects of any book’s publication is the design of its cover. Though many voices participate in this creative process, it’s the designer’s expertise that is most critical in making a compelling, eye-catching, and meaningful visual representation of the author’s work to entice readers. In this video, we interviewed a few Random House designers to find out how they approach new projects; the many places where they find inspiration; and hear some fascinating stories behind a few memorable covers”…

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S. Neil Fujita

 Hawaiian-born graphic designer S. Neil Fujita (1921-2010) created many of the iconic images of the 20th century, working with Columbia Records on their influential jazz albums, as well as designing many bestselling book covers. He was a soldier in WWII, working in a Japanese American tank corps, seeing action in Italy and France, then working as a translator in Okinawa. After the War, he went on to open his own ad agency, as well as teaching at many art institutions…

s. neil fujita, time out s. neil fujita, mingus ah um s. neil fujita, percussion italiano

s.neil fujita, fortune cover, oct 1954 s.neil fujita, fortune cover april 1953

s. neil fujita, in cold blood & the godfather

s. neil fujita, philosophical sketches

s. neil fujita, container corporation

…read a blog post on him at MidCenturia and Steve Heller’s interview with him at AIGA, and his obit at AIGA here

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