Monthly Archives: January 2013



For my final cover book I wanted to use my own photograph in a central line giving the space for the tittle and the publisher.

Using a green background and brown spine colour, I used the green background so it will stand out with the title book of “nature” so for then I used a green background colour to add my own photograph in the middle of the book cover cropped in half to give a middle position.

For it’s title this book Genre reflects of historical biographies or travel because you would like to explore and get to know the history of “The nature history of Britain and Ireland” such as the audience could be adults and students who likes to explore the nature or photography.

I also add the penguin logo on the spine along the tittle and publisher name to be recognize.

At the back cover book I have used a white colour font for the blurb on the left side giving the side space areas using the rulers from InDesign.

I left a blank non image at the back cover so I only used the blurb and the information pages, bar code, price and a small square containing the information in there.



Book 2

The Natural History of Britain and Ireland
By Virginia Graham

Back Cover Blurb:
The natural history of Britain and Ireland is both well-loved and fascinating. Each biological grouping is introduced and explained in an engaging and highly informative way, making it the perfect addition to every family bookshelf, as well as an ideal gift for every nature lover.

Packed with stunning, specially commissioned photographs and a wealth of information The Natural History of Great Britain and Ireland updates what is known of the wildlife and landscape of our islands.

Product Details
•    Paperback: 1805 pages
•    Publisher: Penguin
•    Language: English
•    ISBN-10: 0140168367
•    ISBN-13: 978-014098762
•    Product Dimensions: measure own mock-up book

For my final development second cover book I used green, white and brown colour because from the title it’s about “natural” history of Britain and Ireland so I wanted to use the green for natural. I placed the title in the middle using font “Apple Chancery”the same as the publisher name located on the right hand side.

I have added rules for each section to be in one side and adding the photograph in the middle of the tittle and publisher name to give a space.

For the spine I have done the same as the earlier cover book 1 but in a different position using the tittle book first and the publisher name at the bottom along the penguin logo.

At the back cover book I used the white “Halvetica” font for the blurb with the information paper, bar code and price.


Quick Thumbnails – Book covers 2

These are my second initial ideas for my second book cover and have come with the idea of using my own photograph on a cover book.


This is my final book cover using a light brownish background with a darker spine and yellowish white font including with the silhouette illustration.

From my research I have come up with several ideas and was more inspired by the silhouette and illustration images but for finally I have come with the silhouette monument illustrated from a photograph that I placed from the internet.

I choose that to put this illustration in the middle of the front cover to look mysterious and stand out.

For the author’s name I placed on the right side below the illustration to give an interact position, like in some other books they have in different positions such in the middle or at the top of the book.

Reflecting from the title book I used an illustration monument Greek where I have also included a combination background colour and font for the Genre book called as “Historical biographies” because as the title says it’s a legend and the audience should be for people who are learning from other cultures such as teachers, students and adults.

On the spine I have put the publisher name in a horizontal line and the title book on a vertical line to have the space to read along with the penguin logo at the bottom.

I did not use any other image at the back because I think it would look messy so I wanted to have it simple and clean.



Book cover 1:

Greek Myths and Legends
by Bob Scott

Back Cover Blurb:
The ancient stories of classical Greece come to life in an accessible and authoritative anthology that includes that chronicles the exploits of such heroes as Herakles and Perseus, the tragic love of Orpheus and Eurydice, Demeter’s quest to find her lost daughter Persephone, and the machinations of Zeus, Hermes, Dionysus, and the other gods.

Product Details
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Penguin
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0140168249
ISBN-13: 978-0140168242
Product Dimensions: measure own mock-up book

From my research I have looked up the measurement, colour, font, images, illustration, texture of book covers where are positioned.

I had to take the measurement from a original book which am going to be using for the book cover design and here are the measurement for the front and back, width cover its 110mm and for the front and back cover height it’s 180mm and for the spine width it’s 30.2mm.

To get the right width for InDesign I add the front and back cover width and the wide spine and came out 252mm and high normally stays how it is as 180mm.

To start I have add guide lines to get the spine line in the middle of the book cover.

For the penguin logo I had to photoshop to get rid of the white background so I could add it to the spine.

Having the layout for the cover design I have include the guide lines for each section to have an accurate position.

I use kinda light brown and darker brown for the spine because this colours are reminded from the Greek history like brown, white, yellow black and orange so from them I used these colours adding a illustrated photograph on Illustrator by only adding the “silhouette illustration monument” to look mysterious.

The title font is “Roman” found in and back cover blurb it’s”Halvetica”

Penguin logo:

Photograph got it from the internet:

Quick Thumbnails – Book covers 1

Here are some of my initial ideas for a book front and back cover where I would like to position each object, font and blurb.

Books – Took original books

Here are some general books I took to analyse between photograph, illustration, colour, font, texture, layout and apparence.

Normally at the front cover book the title book it’s located at the top middle or in the middle along the publisher name as the background colour are match with the illustration or photography.

The spine book there is also different ways to locate the name of the book and the publisher where it does shows its on vertical or horizontal it depends with what typeface its used and also using the logo on the top or the bottom.

Back cover book it has always the book blurb that can be linked to a design on the back if it has if not it’s alone in the middle or on the left side, always using the information paper, bar code and price of the book.

Inspiration examples Silhouette penguin cover and spine books

From my research I have come with a several of books penguin covers and all this examples really inspired me to do an “silhouette illustration” for my book cover design.

For example on the first, second and third image are kind of an illustration, print, and silhouette image with a green background to stand out the image using a classic layout using a black and white font where it does seems to be a smaller font but it means to understand the image and title at the same time.

Forth book cover it’s a classic book using a cut out photograph with a visible white print on top of the red background which looks simple but creative too combining with the title and the penguin logo on the left hand side.

The next 3 blue books examples are my favorites because as I said for my final I would like to experience something with outline or a silhouette illustration.

These books seems to gives the curiosity and mysterious showing a white illustrated girl in the middle of the front book cover with big large font at the bottom of the “white illustrate girl” and the name of the publisher on the middle top.

On the spine has the name of the publisher and the title of the book all in vertical including the penguin logo at the bottom of the writing.

For the back cover blurb it’s central and right along the illustrated image but don’t seems to be match for my opinion I would rather to have a nature design but I agree with the colour font that suits with the front cover book.

For the last 3 books examples in a white background with a print and illustrated image seems to be interesting and delicate as the title of the book. I love the way it’s created and using the illustration till the spine and back cover using three font colours as red, white and black which stands out all together.

The last image seems to be an silhouette images in black located in the middle of the front cover with a large font white title and the publisher at the bottom of the image including the logo on the right hand side.

This means that logo and title and the publisher name can be change in any position as long its clear and accurate with the image position.

Classic Penguin cover books, spine and logo

These books are some of the classic penguin cover books where you can see the colour and the illustration cover and spine for example on the first image there are 10 coloured books with the difference of tag name typography on each side of the spine book which I think gives the difference appearance of each book.

On the spine it also has the penguin logo which looks a bit wider and bigger than the modern ones as you can see on the second image there is some steps how the logo penguin has been done. Spencer sez, “This guy is a former Penguin Books designer who’s posted a couple of collections of images that are downright mouthwatering if, like most designers, you’re a fan of Penguin Books’ design.”

For the final outcome of one of the classic books on the third image are the simple and popular in 1949 non-fiction at an affordable price, sixpence in pre-decimal money.

All I know it’s that paperbacks at the time had a low reputation, generally considered to be dirty or rubbish, but they agreed to go ahead. With the help of his brothers Dick and John went about the project and eventually settled on the name called “Penguin books”.

Eschewing the illustrated gaudiness of other paperback publishers, Penguin opted for the simple appearance of three horizontal bands, the upper and lower of which were colour-coded according to which series the title belonged to; this is sometimes referred to as the horizontal grid. In the central white panel, the author and title were printed in Gill Sans and in the upper band was a cartouche with the legend “Penguin Books”. The initial design was created by the then twenty-one-year-old office junior Edward Young, who also drew the first version of the Penguin logo. Series such as Penguin Specials and The Penguin Shakespeare had individual designs (by 1937 only S1 and B1-B18 had been published).

The colour schemes included: orange and white for general fiction, green and white for crime fiction, cerise and white for travel and adventure, dark blue and white for biographies, yellow and white for miscellaneous, red and white for drama; and the rarer purple and white for essays and belles lettres and grey and white for world affairs. Lane actively resisted the introduction of cover images for several years. Some recent publications of literature from that time have duplicated the original look.

Fourth and fifth image are one of a classic examples books illustrated from front cover to the spine book having a outline from the illustration print with a small and thin font.

On the last image are some classic and modern book covers with only illustration and colourful where the logo penguin its settled in the middle of the illustration.

About penguin books

Penguin CMYK.20mm

Penguin Books is a publisher founded in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane. Penguin revolutionised publishing in the 1930s through its high quality, inexpensive paperbacks, sold through Woolworths and other high street stores for sixpence. Penguin’s success demonstrated that large audiences existed for serious books. Penguin also had a significant impact on public debate in Britain, through its books on politics, the arts, and science.