Book Cover Award Thing 2016: Round 3.1

Graphic design: as good a name as I could think of as any. Rewarding layout, integrating text and images, the use of abstract shapes, font choices etc.

Basic, functional layout gets zero – not because it’s bad but because functional stuff had its own criteria. There are lots of marks available so that covers which emphasised design elements rather than artwork can pick up some points.


Ancillary Mercy – Ann Leckie : Artist/Designer – John Harris(Artist)
Nice distinct type for the title which blends into the image behind it. Quite a lot of things to fit in but the layout is done well. 2 points.

Arcadia – Iain Pears : Artist/Designer – Nameless Hero(Artist)
Beautiful. Everything chosen for effect. 5 points.

Arcadia – Iain Pears : Artist/Designer – Thomas Cole(Artist)
More busy than the other version. The rectangles suggesting slats or overlapping pages. 4 points.

Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard – Lawrence M. Schoen : Artist/Designer – Victo Ngai(Artist)
Unusual position for the title but it integrates nicely with the artwork. The title feels like a logo and is quite distinctive. 3 points.

Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky : Artist/Designer – Nameless Hero(tbc)
Nice. The title is positioned to draw a line between the planet and the space/spaceship. 2 points.

Ctrl Alt Revolt! – Nick Cole : Artist/Designer – Nameless Hero(tbc)
Very well done, suggesting a socialist poster and blending blacks and reds with the text. 5 points.

Envy of Angels – Matt Wallace : Artist/Designer – Peter Lutgen(Artist)
Nice use of colour to match the title with the wings and the author name with the nuggets. 3 points.

Europe at Midnight – Dave Hutchinson : Artist/Designer – Clint Langley(Artist)
It still looks a bit of a mess. o points.

Half a War – Joe Abercrombie : Artist/Designer – Mike Bryan(Artist)
Really two images superimposed. The flames overlay the title in a way that is effective without being distracting. 2 points.

Hell’s Foundations Quiver – David Weber : Artist/Designer – Stephen Youll(Artist)
OK. The cover is divided into thirds and each third gets a chunk of stuff. 1 point.

League of Dragons – Naomi Novak : Artist/Designer – Nameless Hero(tbc)
Doesn’t do much beyond the artwork but everything is in balance. 1 point.

Raising Caine – Charles E. Gannon : Artist/Designer – Bob Eggleton(Artist)
I’ve been quite generous to this cover but the layout looks just like they were trying to avoid key bits of the image. 0 points.

Seveneves: A Novel – Neal Stephenson : Artist/Designer – Jonathan Knowles(Artist)
In some ways similar to the Weber cover in that the page is split into three simple zones. However, here it is done with more subtlety and with some nice flourishes (the blue, the palindromic N that is also two 7s). 3 points.

Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm – John C. Wright : Artist/Designer – Jeremiah Humphries(Artist)
Simple layout but the choice of typeface fits very well with the artwork. The choice of colours for the letters compliment the image but manage to stay distinct from it. Nicely done. 3 points.

Son of the Black Sword – Larry Correia : Artist/Designer – Larry Elmore(Artist)
Simple layout but quite effective. 2 points.

Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho : Artist/Designer – Nameless Hero(tbc)
Visually interesting but really too busy. The text gets lost amid the ornamentation. 0 points

Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho : Artist/Designer – Nameless Hero(tbc)
Same text design as the other cover but a lot clearer. Other text is organised in a way that integrates well with the central design. 2 points.

Souldancer – Brian Niemeier : Artist/Designer – Marcelo Orsi Blanco(Artist)
Basic layout. It’s fine but 0 points.

The Book of Phoenix – Nnedi Okorafor : Artist/Designer – Joey Hi-Fi, aka Dale Halvorsen(Artist)
Great use of colour, shape and text. All working together to draw the eye to the central figure. 4 points.