Graphic Design: Peter Mendelsund's brilliant covers for Julio Cortázar novel

Date
15 August 2013
Reading Time
1 minute read

Some things take a few tries to get right, be it baking, swimming, snogging, or a book jacket design for a much-loved title. In designer Peter Mendelsund’s case, it was the latter he struggled with, and when asked to come up with a book cover for Julio Cortázar’s Hopscotch, he and a whole host of other designers set to work trying to whittle it down into a a book-sized visual. The New York Times made a list of the entries, including some of Mendelsund’s, which illustrated the sheer time and effort that goes into the best book covers. I’m not talking no service station fodder, the best books deserve time and money to make their covers sing, and Peter Mendelsund has achieved just that.

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Peter Mendelsund: Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar

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Peter Mendelsund: Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar

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Peter Mendelsund: Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar

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Peter Mendelsund: Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar

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Peter Mendelsund: Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar

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Peter Mendelsund: Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar

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Peter Mendelsund: Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar

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Peter Mendelsund: Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar

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Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and worked across online, print and events, and was latterly Features Editor before leaving in May 2015.

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