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Claim: You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover

April 19, 2010

Claim: You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover

My friends in college were always intrigued in my taste in music. While we typically identify ourselves as someone who loves one genre, I am more a lover of album art. Typically, I choose my music based off the cover.

To me, the cover should convey the type of music, the mood and even the experience I am to have while listening to the audio. It’s such an interesting way to pick your music that I apply a similar principle to what I read.

The type, texture, size and visuals all play a part in whether I will thumb through the book or read the back cover.

“It’s important,” I tell my students, “that you are engaging the user with the data.”

In picking a book, the cover design should be expressive of the content, it’s a very interactive experience and one that we should not forget, especially when living in an über-dynamic user experience world.

Bottom line: A book cover should tell you something about the content you are going to read. If it’s an interesting cover, enjoy the book.

JP Avila

Assistant Professor of Art

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