First half 2018: current book trends and practices

Like other forms of art, trends in design are like seasons: they change from time to time. In this post, we look at recent covers to see which trends continue to stay strong in the first half of 2018.

The year starts and we’re all predicting about what book cover trends will stay in the current. But how does it look now, six months on? For some, keeping pace and being aware of design trends comes in handy, particularly when you need to create something fresh and new. We have compiled some of amazing book covers released in the first half of 2018 to see what’s currently in store.

01. Collage-inspired covers continue to grow in popularity

Collage-inspired design is a great option if you want to create eclectic, whimsical and charming book covers. By dissecting photos and combining them, you can definitely experiment with emotions and styles. Many designers also play with papery textures and bold typography to add depth and dimension to the covers.

The Hospital by Ahmed Bouanani; design by Oliver Munday (Image via Oliver Munday)

Long Players by Peter Coviello; design Catherine Casalino (Image via Amazon)

Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym (Image via Amazon)

02. Big and bold typography, but with a twist

Big, bold typography has been on the roll for a while now. And with rising popularity of e-books, a readable but scene-stealing typography in thumbnail size is required to draw attention of readers. It’s common to see book covers sporting super big and loud titles for the sake of memorability, but the trend has definitely seen the day.

To avoid falling back on the cliched trends, these covers sport capitalized fonts and experiment with brushstroke letters in tried-and-true color schemes to create a statement. They’re well designed that they warrant clicking on the thumbnail.

OK, Mr. Field by Katharine Kilalea (Image via Penguin Random House)

The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin (Image via MacMillan)

She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop (Image via Amazon)

03. Big white type is still dominating the shelves

Centered, big and white title is still on the roll without showing signs of slowing down. Although unapologetically taking up the space, the titles are subtly combined with the elements and plenty of room to breathe to make the covers more impactful. See other examples of big type here.

It Needs to Look Like We Tried by Todd Robert Petersen; design by Nicole Caputo (Image via Nicole Caputo)

The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye; design by Zoe Norvell (Image via Zoe Norvell)

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman; design by Jaya Miceli (Image via Penguin Random House)

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