As I am having a hard time posting images, I thought I would share a contemporary designer I find especially inspiring.
“Peter Mendelsund has enjoyed years as a much-sought-after book cover designer and art director. Among the many recognizable jackets he has created are those for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; collections of the works of Joyce, Kafka, Dostoevsky, de Beauvoir, and Foucault; the contemporary works of Martin Amis, Tom McCarthy, Ben Marcus, Jo Nesbø, and James Gleick; and many more. All have greatly benefitted from the care and touch Mendelsund gave them.”
Mendelsund has two amazing books that I highly recommend. “Cover” is a collection of his book covers and shows a fair amount of his process. The second is “What We See When We Read” which talks about how the mind works in imagining characters while one reads. I highly recommend both!
Check out all of his amazing covers!http://mendelsund.blogspot.com/