Chris Ware’s book design

One of my current favorite artists is illustrator and designer Chris Ware. He’s done some beautiful covers for some really great books, and it seems like a lot of modern book cover designers have been influenced by him over the past decade. His graphic novel, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, is just as beautiful to look at as it is to read. Here’s the cover:

Jimmy Corrigan Hardback cover

He also designed the hardback version of Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grosman:


He illustrated and designed the cover for The Learners by Chip Kidd, the sequel to the excellent Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters:

The learners large

His experience as an illustrator and graphic novelist inform his designs. He brings a comic book sensibility to his work, and he’s able to wield it with both lighthearted and breathtaking results. There are pages after pages of Jimmy Corrigan that look very cartoonish, but the colors and layout and pacing of his story create the kind of melancholy that really makes you want a hug.

He’s also gotten into some trouble. In 2010, he was commissioned to illustrate the cover for Fortune magazine, but the editors felt his commentary was a little too piercing. Huffington Post has a good article about it, with some cool closeups.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: