Here at Book Creatives, we wanted to give you a survey of our favorite book covers out there right now, so that from a designers perspective, you can get an idea of what is hot! This will be way easier to do by genre, so today’s post will be all about the best BUSINESS book cover designs out there, whoot whoot!
First off, before we give you our list, we just want to take a moment to calmly ask business authors who publish books with designs that look like wannabe software packaging boxes that fill every inch of space with bad fonts screaming “BUY ME! BUY ME!!” like a toddler throwing a tantrum, to please STOP! I’m not exactly sure who first started this trend, but apparently everyone else decided to copy your bad example, and now when some innocent person accidently gets caught in the business aisle at the bookstore, they have to run through a gauntlet of gaudy covers assaulting them from every direction, hitting, and crying, and stamping their feet until someone will just give them what they want. AHHHH!!!
Ok. Glad I got that off my chest. Now, onward…
Some authors and designers (thank you) have realized that because of the plethora of choices when it comes to badly designed business books, that they have an opportunity to stand out from the rest by simply using good design to sell their books. (I know, crazy concept, right?) So, after perusing Google for all the business books we could find, these were our favorites (in no particular order).
We liked this cover for it’s straightforwardness. The design doesn’t get in the way of the message of the book, but instead is essential in communicating the message, which is…Start. Just do it. Easy. We love the tongue-in-cheek checklist which is a refreshing retake on the old tagline. We also liked the toggle switch.
This cover is one of our favorites because of its unapologetically macho in-your-faceness. The bold colors and font usage complement the Zeus-like graphic and demand your attention on the shelf. We also like his book cover Tribes.
Again, the design supports the title. Notice the color and subtle separateness of the word distinction. The background color is also distinctive, as it was the only well-designed business book cover we found that was black.
This was our favorite by far because of the great use of concept and flawless design. The author and accolades take second-stage and allow the design to speak for itself. Breathtaking. The use of negative space is excellent. Fight the urge to fill up all the space. It is much more attractive to the eye when there is less to take in.
This design is fun. We liked the use of complimentary color and the clever typography. They both function to convey the message of the book.
We loved the childlike, playful nature of this design. It is appealing when it is surrounded by books about marketing tactics and business building strategies. Refreshing and fun. The yellow is a happy color and subtly hints that it is a “book for dummies” style book, simple. We also love the illustration of the hamster wheel. Great concept!
We have to like this book on principle since it talks all about how creatives like us will rule the world one day. Yay! We like the design too. Good thing, or else we might question Mr. Pink’s credability. We like how the design takes on a left-brained technological feel, juxtaposing with the message of the book. It’s bold and well done.
The best part about this design is the typography in the title. We like how it feels like the word positioning itself is vying for position on the page.
This design gets its power from the bold use of red. It demands attention. The typography treatment of the larger great also helps raise the level on the design.
We love the unique title and the unique design. This book definitely stands out on the shelf and intrigues readers enough to pick it up. There is a wonderful mixing of graphic and typographic elements at work here. Very refreshing.
We absolutely love the use of the duct tape! It looks so real that we had to order the book and feel it for ourselves. Awesome way to take the concept of the book to another level.
While this design does leave a little wanting with its font choices, we did love the concept and the color usage.
This cover is a work of art. We love the rich color softening towards the bottom, as well as the opacity used to soften the title. We also love the artful graphic and the wonderful use of negative space.
We love everything about this cover. Especially it’s “difference”. Font, color usage, negative space, typography in the title, the test-tube-turned-heart graphic…beautiful perfection.
This is an intriguing cover. We are intrigued by the title and the graphic and we would like to say “thank you” to the author for his assistance in helping us pronounce his last name in the design.
Trends in Business Book Cover Design
Ok, so to wrap it all up, here are the trends that we are seeing right now in the best business book cover designs.
#1 Negative space: less is usually more.
#2 Bold, flat colors and graphics. We noticed we gravitated toward the oranges, yellows, and reds, however, there are lots of orange book covers, so it might be adventurous to try something different.
#3 Sans serif fonts.
#4 Concepts are more powerful than just typing on your title. They make people pick up your book.
That’s our list! Let us know if you’d like to nominate a book to be considered for our best of book cover design series!
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