By Chip Kidd

I must admit, one of my favorite parts of a list presentation is seeing the cover art for all the new books. Season after season, I am just floored by some of them. They say “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but, let’s face it, we all do.

John Gall, the art director for the particularly good Vintage/Anchor trade paperback division of Knopf, had the brilliant idea for an art assignment. He would have different artists redesign the covers of all the Nabakov books–except not on paper. No, he had the artists craft them in “specimen boxes.” (If, like me, you don’t know what those are, you’ll find out when you click through below.)

The results are REALLY cool. I’d like to see more, and I wouldn’t even mind if they turned into real book covers. Check out the slideshow and Mr. Gall’s essay.

Anyone have an all-time favorite book cover?? (Or two?)

Book Covers in Boxes

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