This is one of an ongoing series of commentaries on trends in book cover design by Stories To Tell Founder Nancy Barnes.
There’s a trend in the book covers coming out in 2016. I’m seeing a lot more hand-drawn illustrations and vector graphics. I suspect this is a reaction to the inferior cover design explosion that resulted from cheap stock photography. Here is a beautiful example of the kind of cover illustration that can only be achieved by an artistic pro using top-quality software and techniques. Notice how the designer placed a layer that appears to be “real” (although a painting) and then layers a clearly illustrated element above it in the foreground. This cover also has the kind of simple minimalist typography that we’re all seeing in advertising these days. I am also designing illustrated covers these days, and will make some examples available on our website.