It's always felt a bit like book cover design sits toward the back of the class when it comes to the attention it gets from the design industry. But recently books have been stepping back into the limelight, thanks to a few really stunning bits of design, such as this science fiction series from Gollancz. The weighty tome Fully Booked from Gestalten taps into this revived interest in book design.
Edited by Robert Klanten and Matthias Hübner, the book is divided into two sections, one dealing with book covers (and we get to show off here, as it includes the Great Ideas series we contributed to), the other with artists' books. The two sections start at either end of the book, so you have to turn it upside down to switch from one section to the other. Ironically, we're not totally convinced by this bit of design (we keep opening the wrong section of the book), but the contents are really wonderful (if a bit light on background information), and provide a great showcase of where book design is at right now.