Book Cover Typography


This book cover was designed by Milan Bozic, a senior art director at HarperCollins.

The typography of this cover is very clear and easy to read. The image adds to the message and gives a little hint what the novel might be about.

Typeface #1

The first typeface he uses is called Oldstyle. The way you can recognize it, by looking at the diagonal lines of lowercase letters. They are at an angle or slanted, and have a curve as they meet the stem of the letter.

Typeface #2

The second category of typeface used in this cover is Script. The phrase “a novel” looks like handwritten. It may seemed that it was written or even painted. This distinguishing feature helps to identify it pretty quickly. It can be also subdivided as script that doesn’t connect. You can see that there is a space between each letter.


The first thing that you can notice is the contrast in size and color of the letters. This contrast is pretty obvious that shows that it a well applied design principle. The words “big brother” are bigger and they draw the focus as the reader looks at the cover. Using only black and white colors designer takes advantage of such simple contrast.

Other principle that is being used is Structure. Using two different typefaces also adds an interest to the picture.


Because of good use of the principles of typography this book cover is very easy to understand and read. The principle of contrast attracts reader’s attention. It’s very simple and balanced, there is no other things that distract.