Exercise 2: Judging a Book by It’s Cover

Covers for albums, books and newspapers, among other media, need to evoke qualities of what lies within, drawing the prospective reader into the story. In this post, Catherine responds to four images she finds compelling and one that went to press a moment too soon.




This poster for the movie, Black Swan, is extremely effective and clever. The title uses the nice serif typeface, Bodoni, and then to portray the ‘swan’ is the letter ‘S’ extremely blown up from the typeface being used in the title of the poster. This is a successful cover because the story is so intense and complicated that by making the poster simple, yet artistic, it contrasts the movie as well as drawing towards it. The story in the movie is also about ballerinas and the beautiful artistic curve in the serif ‘S’ mimics the dance and shape of ballerinas.

Typeworship. “Typeworship.” Type Worship: Inspirational Typography & Lettering. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2016. <http://blog.8faces.com/post/68980956121/black-swan-film-poster-reimagined-this-stopped-me&gt;


This poster wasn’t very circulated that I saw, but it is a wonderful representation of a static “cover” for the book/movie. The story is about an Editor in Chief of…

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