Cover art it is either an artwork as or on the outside of a published product such as a (often on a ), , newspaper (), , (), , , , or (). The art has a primarily commercial function, i.e., to promote the product it is displayed on, but can also have an aesthetic function, and may be artistically connected to the product, such as with art by the creator of the product.    Scribes and typographers (today’s cover artists), like architects, have been shaping visual spaces for countless years. Certain proportions keep recurring in their work because they please the eye and the mind, just as certain sizes keep recurring because they are comfortable to the hand.  Even the Web benefits.   For too long typographic style and its accompanying attention to detail have been overlooked by website designers.... In years gone by this could have been put down to the technology, but now the web has caught up.  Cover art not only sells, but enhances function, form and content of published works.


Album cover art[]

art is artwork created for a . Notable album cover art includes 's , 's , ' , and their among others. Albums can have cover art created by the musician, as with 's , or by an associated musician, such as 's artwork for the cover of , by , Dylan's backup band's first album. Artists known for their album cover art include , an early pioneer in album cover art, , and the studio. Some album art may cause controversy because of nudity, offending churches, trademark or others. There have been numerous books documenting album cover art, particularly rock and jazz album covers. Steinweiss was an art director and graphic designer who brought custom artwork to record album covers and invented the first packaging for long-playing records.

Book cover[]

Whether printed on the dust jacket of a hardcover book, or on the cover of a paperback, book cover art has had books written on the subject.  Numerous artists have become noted for their book cover art, including and .  In one of the most recognizable book covers in American literature, two sad female eyes (and bright red lips) adrift in the deep blue of a night sky, hover ominously above a skyline that glows like a carnival.  Evocative of sorrow and excess, the haunting image has become so inextricably linked to The Great Gatsby that it still adorns the cover of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece 88 years after its debut. The iconic cover art was created by Spanish artist .  With the release of a big Hollywood movie, however, some printings of the book have abandoned the classic cover in favor of one that ties in more closely with the film.  []

Magazine cover[]

Magazine cover artists include , who modernized the look of magazine, and his predecessor , who created the Eustace Tilly iconic character for the magazine.

Tabloid cover[]

Today the word tabloid is used as a somewhat derogatory descriptor of a style of journalism, rather than its original intent as an indicator of half-broadsheet size. This tends to cloud the fact that the great tabloids were skilfully produced amalgams of intriguing human interest stories told with punchy brevity, a clarity drawn from the choice of simple but effective words and often with a healthy dose of wit.  The gossipy tabloid scandal sheets, as we know them today, have been around since 1830. That's when and , the respective publishers of The New York Sun and The New York Herald, launched what became known as the Penny Press (whose papers sold for one cent apiece).  But some of the world's best journalism has been tabloid.  From the days when John Pilger revealed the cold truth of Cambodia's Killing Fields in the Daily Mirror, to the stream of revelations that showed the hypocrisy of John Major's "back to basics" cabinet, award-winning writing in the tabloids is acknowledged every year at the National Press Awards.  Good cover art can lead readers to this fact; the New York Herald, for example, offers some fine examples of tabloid cover art.   So too does the , a free weekly published in Reno, Nevada, Chico, California and Sacramento, California.   The tabloid has thrived since the 1970s, and even uses cartoonish cover art.   Tabloids have a modern role to play, and along with good cover art (and new ideas) they fill a niche.

Popular music scores (early 20th century)[]

Sheet music cover artists include Frederick S. Manning, , and , all three of whom worked for . Other prolific artists included , André De Takacs, and .


  • Ivory book cover with scenes from the life of Christ circa 800 AD

  • Illustration to an edition of Kipling's A song of the English (1909)

  • Cover of Amazing Man Comics 22 (May, 1941).Art by Paul Gustavson.

  • Gentleman Jim Corbett and John L. Sullivan at , New Orleans

  • Cover art for Vanity Fair magazine

  • Skater with scarf. January 1916 Vanity Fair cover by Ethel Caroline Rundquist.

  • Cover of the pulp magazine The Spider (April 1934, vol. 2, no. 3)

  • LIFE magazine, Time Inc., Official U. S. Army Photo in cover

  • Album cover for The Beatles' "", 1968

  • Book cover for Uezdnoe, by , 1916

  • Comic book cover for Mister Mystery #1

  • Cover for (the) 's tenth anniversary edition, 1904

  • Cover for the first Horisont magazine in Estonia, 1967

See also[]


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  6. 1000 Record Covers, Michael Ochs, Taschen Publications, 2005
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  8. Day, Mark. (2008, August 21). “For a brighter future, tabloids could look to the past.” The Australian, p. 38.
  9. McLaren, Leah. (2001, August 11). “Admit it: Tabloid culture is what we are” The Globe and Mail, p. L3.
  10. ^ Wynne-Jones, Ros. (2011, July 28). “They've still got news for us.” Independent Extra, p. 2.
  11. Berlin, Jess S. (2006, November 8). “Cyber tabloid will cover all the news that's virtually true.” The Guardian, p. 20.

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