Here is an example. James Smythe’s book Way Down Dark and its striking cover (comes in three varieties with changes in colour scheme and type layout):
Nice. I like it. It has a strong Saul Bass feel to it.
Now here is a blog post at the PUBLISHER’s blog, posted by the EDITOR of the book and written by the AUTHOR about how great the cover is and what a brilliant job was done by ____ some phantom? A mysterious stranger? Did it appear by magic?
And the cover, of course, had to reflect the same things that the title did. So when I saw this image – of Chan, the novel’s main character, standing below the towers of the great spaceship Australia – it felt perfect almost immediately. And the font! It’s beautiful, somehow both art deco in style while having this slight futuristic edge to it. The whole thing is a pretty exceptional piece of work – and will work wonderfully for the rest of the series, moving forward.
That is great praise but who is being praised? I get that employees will have signed away formal moral rights to be credited and the IP rests with the publisher but heck – name somebody or name the team or the art-director.