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Nov 27, 2013

Cover: The Art of the Jacket Designer

Peter Mendelsund

About this video


In the age of the Kindle, iPad and Nook, book covers are more vexed – and more important – than ever. Peter discusses the art of the Jacket Designer from translator to interpreter, decorator to salesman. He also explains how he gets his amazing book designs through the decision-making and approval process.


Peter Mendelsund

Peter is the Associate Art Director of Alfred A. Knopf Books, Art Director of Pantheon Books, Art Director of Vertical Press and a recovering classical pianist. His designs for Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy were described by the Wall Street Journal as being "the most instantly recognizable and iconic book covers in contemporary fiction." He is the author of the forthcoming book Cover (Spring 2014). His writing on literature, design and other matters can be found on his blog.