Craig, here—Lead Product Designer at Libro.fm.
I design both the iOS and Android apps, as well as some new web stuff you’ll see soon (and co-host Libro.fm’s podcast). Because of my job and my love of audiobooks, I see a TON of covers. I’ve rounded up ten favorites from 2022, in no particular order. Enjoy!
Strangers to Ourselves by Rachel Aviv
Designer: Rodrigo Corral
Rodrigo Corral does it again. This isn’t his only book on my top 10 list, and for good reason. Take a look at his site and I’m sure you’ll recognize a ton of covers from your shelves. This cover proves you don’t need a lot going on to make a statement.
We Do What We Do in the Dark by Michelle Hart
Designer: Grace Han
This is a book I started reading because the cover jumped out at me. When I opened the jacket I was unsurprised it was designed by Grace Han. She has such a distinct and beautiful style. The intertwining limbs, the colors, and the type with the harsh shadow just works so well here. Spoiler: This isn’t the only Grace Han cover on the list (shocker).
Either/Or by Elif Bateman
Designer: Na Kim
One of my favorite covers this year is another one by Na Kim. A colleague here at Libro.fm called it reminiscent of of ‘erasure poetry’, and said it reminded her of a palimpsest or marginalia so this cover felt adjacent to many ideas and art forms she finds compelling. Personally I love how the red line snakes around the word leading your eye through it in an orderly way at first before sinking through the letters haphazardly until you get to the ‘A novel’ in handwriting.
This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
Designer: Grace Han
Grace Han is one of the most consistent and talented book jacket designers out there. I highlighted a few covers of hers last year and had to do the same this year. I loved Emma Straub’s This Time Tomorrow (and even interviewed Straub for our Libro.fm Podcast). Here, the line on the cover could be the line of a story, but instead of being linear it is moving through the title in many different directions, which nods to the story inside.
(PS. If you have a chance to see this one in person in paper format it has a really nice finish to the colors that shimmers.)
All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews
Designer: Elizabeth Yaffe
Not only is this one beautiful to look at, but you actually see MORE of the artwork on the audio version because of the square format (a fun detail). The mix of the serif fonts with handwritten details makes this cover stand out. It was also named one of the Best Books of 2022 by NPR, Vogue, Vulture, and more, so I need to read it ASAP.
Til the Wheels Fall Off by Brad Zellar
Designer: Alban Fischer
Last but not least: this cover by Alban Fischer for Brad Zellar’s 2022 novel Til the Wheels Fall Off. Alban has designed 400+ books and it shows. The type couldn’t be executed any better – the wave draws you in and makes you wonder what the book could be about. It feels like a 70’s album cover and contemporary at the same time. This falls into the “I would hang this as a poster” category yet again.
Did you love another cover for a 2022 release?
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