This semester, we have a module called Confirmation of Practice. For this, we'll be doing three live briefs. The first brief I picked was the 2017 Penguin Student Design Award brief for nonfiction: In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote.
In Cold Blood was published in 1966, one of the first to be published in the nonfiction novel genre. I had a look at what book covers looked like in 1966, and noted the orange/yellow/lime green colour theme as being particularly prevalent. I think my favourite out of all the ones below is Sabertooth, for the colours and the clean illustration style, although it does date the book. Moonraker also caught my eye, but I don't think it does the job of a book cover very well, and probably relied on the fame of the author to place the book in a genre.
My next stop was 2016 crime books. I think the distinction between fiction and non fiction is important, even though I ignored it in this sample, so I'll definitely be looking at it more in-depth as the weeks go on. A lot of these were very effective on their own, but placed within a larger group, come across as looking tacky and cliché. House of The Rising Sun potentially caught my attention due to the similarity between it and one of the In Cold Blood covers I saw. I like the kaleidoscope/mandala concept of Jane Steele and the fractal pattern on All The Followed. The image on The Second Girl is very powerful, but I personally feel the typography detracts from it.
As the deadline for the award is in 2017, I also had a general look at 2017 releases. I was interested in ones that had covers that could be similar to one on In Cold Blood, books that would catch attention in comparison to 2016 releases, and ones with nice illustration. I don't know where to start with these because I love so many of them.