Regarding the growing tendency in book design to cover people with white boxes

Posted by @ 2:34 pm on July 30th, 2010

Book designers are either getting lazy — defaulting to a quick white box with typography on stock photo — or this implicates something deeper, an imposition of “the generic” over a fragmented body; a kind of disenchanted corporate-aesthetic “labeling” of ourselves. The people on the covers do well to evade the reader, this ironic cult of anonymity during such narcissistic times. It’s as if the writer (or publisher) were coaxing us, challenging us that the shallow and passive super-impositions are followed by much more depth inside. Or maybe it’s just minimalism, which I use as an excuse for my salary.