John Gall: C by Tom McCarthy and The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories edited by Ben Marcus

Work / Graphic Design

An eclectic cavalcade of lovely book covers courtesy of John Gall

They say to never judge a book by its cover, but all of us definitely do – both literally and metaphorically. It’s not our fault though, it’s in our genes to like nice things so I feel no guilt when I gaze upon the book covers of John Gall who’s recently got himself a shiny new website. As the art director for Vintage and Anchor books it’s no surprise he makes good stuff but it’s the variety that’s impressive. Combining the modern with traditional approaches to cover design, he sources images, creates his own, carefully considers composition and uses type to enhance the cover but not overload it. John manages to encapsulate the tone of each book so exceedingly well that it doesn’t even make me feel shallow (well maybe a bit).


John Gall: Ludmilla’s Broken English by DBC Pierre


John Gall: Like You’d Understand Anyway by Jim Shepherd


John Gall: The Book of Fathers by Miklos Vamos


John Gall: The Eye by Vladimir Nabokov


John Gall: The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq


John Gall: Dirt Story and Other Plays by John Patrick Shanley


John Gall: The Verificationist by Donald Antrim


John Gall: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander


John Gall: The Keep by Jennifer Egan


John Gall: The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki