Book cover design isn’t easy. It requires a designer to capture the essence of a story in a single combination of words and images – then present it in a way that’s going to make that book stand out from any others on a shelf. Everyone knows that, despite what we’re told, we definitely judge books by their covers.
Here are nine of 99designs’ best book cover designers, in no particular order.
A long-time member of 99designs, this Croatian designer has made a career crafting book covers with eye-catching illustrations and clever typography.
See more of artrocity’s work here.
Jake Clark, based in the United States, is a Platinum designer who thrives on making illustrative book cover designs. His styles are vast and customized to each book’s individualized needs.
See more of Jake Clark’s work here.
If you’re looking for that “classic” book cover, look no further than this Philippines designer. Memoirs, self-help books and non-fiction are line14’s bread and butter.
See more of line14’s work here.
United States-based designer LLywellyn is an avid reader and full-time professional editor who’s become smitten with book cover design in her downtime.
Martis Lupus has conquered her fair share of contests on 99designs with her distinct style. While she admittedly is most passionate about identity design and packaging, her book covers are equally inspiring.
Searching for a great fantasy book cover designer? Look no further than Serbian designer Paganus. With more than a decades worth of professional experience, it’s no surprise his wildly creative illustrations have captured the hearts of fantasy authors everywhere.
See Paganus’ full portfolio here.
Soheil Toosi’s dark illustrations have found their home on fantasy and thriller books since 2012 on 99designs. The United States designer’s painterly style makes his covers uniquely appealing.
See more of Soheil Toosi’s work here.
Vanessanoheart specializes in all things print, with a special knack for creating compelling book covers. Based in the United States, she thrives on clean and modern design.
Clearly drawing inspiration from Saul Bass’ Hitchcock posters, Pulp ART has developed a bold and vibrant book cover style. Based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he began his creative career in 2006 with a special affinity for all things graphic design and music.
See more of Pulp ART’s work here.