NOTE: I found this in my drafts from Aug 2012 and never finished it. But it’s just as relevant almost a year later.
Back in 2008 I wrote a blog post saying that Album Cover Designers were the The New Iconographers. Today, book cover designers are in the same boat thanks to eBooks. I heard an interview with Chip Kidd on WBUR that did a nice job of highlighting this issue. Here’s an insightful quote:
“…one of the lessons I learned in school is, you know, the whole point of a thumbnail drawing, a tiny little sketch, is that if something looks good small, if it’s effective small, it’s going to look great when it’s bigger. And the one thing I had to deal with – and this was way before e-books frankly – was the argument I don’t think this is going to look good when it’s tiny and on Amazon. People don’t buy a book on the web because of the cover. They’ll buy a book on the Web because they read a review or it’s word-of-mouth or, you know, some combination of the two, or they saw it on “Good Morning America” or what have you.”