Read books, design covers


Good covers complete books. They say something about the quality of the edition and the professionalism of the publishers. Covers enhance a book. I believe, therefore, that people who value a book also care about the covers and they may sway them when choosing one edition or another.

But I believe covers are also something else. They are the doors and windows of books, they make our browsing of bookstore new release tables easier and more pleasant.

They help us choose books and turn them into more beautiful and desirable objects. When I began designing covers, I did not think it was necessary to read the books. Yet, after designing several hundred of them, I realized that, with a few exceptions, the best covers I have designed are for the books I know best, that have moved me, or whose contents have interested me most.

Manuel Estrada

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