It was suggested that I look into book cover design since I’m interested in illustration (critical incident), though I’d like to consider game and movie cover design as well. Some sources I found on this topic are:

Bantjes, M 2016, About, Marian Bantjes, accessed 9/8/2016,
Marian Bantjes’ biography (designer who hand makes things)

Biedenharn, I 2015, ‘New Looks for Old Books’, Entertainment Weekly, November 20, accessed 9/8/2016,
A magazine article discussing the continuing trend of taking old books and redesigning the covers, to appeal to each new generation of potential book readers as visual tastes keep changing.

Falla, D 2013, ‘Tactile Typography in the New Aesthetic’, Studio Research, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 34-47
Contains research about how audiences react to handmade works and works which were clearly time-consuming to make. She states that audiences engage differently with handmade works and pays particular attention to handmade typography

Fuchs, C, Schreier, M, and van Osselaer, S.M.J. 2015, ‘The Handmade Effect: What’s Love Got to Do With It?’, Journal of Marketing, vol. 79, no. 2, pp. 98-110
Examines handmade product design and why it hasn’t disappeared despite the rise of computer-based design. They state that this is because the audience makes associations with love and care.

Luutonen, M 2008, ‘Handmade Memories’, Trames: A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 331-344
A study into how handmade products appeal to people due to their memories of childhood crafts

Makarova, K.V. 2016, ‘Study of Creative Interests in Book Art of the Students of Arts and Graphics Facility (AGF) of MSPU’, Global Media Journal, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 1-9
A study into design students taking up book art classes in an age where many books are now digital (e-books). Also looks at the importance of this art form.

Vandershantz, N, and Timpany, C 2003, ‘Who Says You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover?’, The International Journal of the Book, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 1-17
A study into what messages book covers can convey to potential readers and how important the first impression (book cover) really is to the book’s appeal.

Shaugnessey, A 2006, ‘Graphic Design vs. Illustration’, The Design Observer, October 15, accessed 9/8/2016,
An article talking about how illustration is typically separated from graphic design and discusses possible reasons why it is often omitted.

Useful Images of book cover and book page design:

Wizard of Oz

< Bizy Li Press 2013, Wizard of Oz Book Covers, JPEG, Bizy Li Press, accessed 9/8/2016, >


< Bantjes, M 2010, I Wonder, JPEG, Marian Bantjes, accessed 9/8/2016, >