Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Design Trend: Painterly Type

On a recent visit to Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, I naturally gravitated to the wall of new novel releases. For both Adult and YA, the type treatment of the moment is this painterly, brush-stroke-like hand lettering that's 1) quite large—as in, it takes up most of the cover; 2) a basic color, mainly white or black; and 3) at a slightly left-sloping angle. Some of my favorites:

Which then got the wheels turning and ultimately inspired the final iteration of Lauren Myracle's upcoming YA novel, The Infinite Moment of Us. A complete look at the making of the cover coming next week. Stay tuned!


  1. That's such a beautiful cover! Side note: do you know why it says A NOVEL on the cover of them? Isn't that fairly obvious? Or is it a type/design choice? Always wondered!

  2. I've been looking forward to seeing the cover ever since you teased us with the font! Now I'm looking forward to the story behind it all :)

  3. I LOVE this new trend. So visual.