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Design a cover for Crash

Author: • Dec 26th, 2007 •

Category: visual art

HarperCollins and Times Online recently announced a competition to design a cover for a reprint of Crash. Apparently Ballard himself will ‘choose the winning design from a shortlist of six selected by the HarperCollins design team. The winner will see their design used on a limited edition of Crash, due to be published in September 2008. The five runners-up will each receive a copy of the autobiography.’ The deadline is April 30, 2008.

Take note: it’s only open to UK residents. Unfortunately.

On the competition home page the Times links to a list entitled ’10 tips on how to design an eye-catching book cover’, but may I also suggest, given Ballard himself will be deciding on the winner, that another plan of attack might be to study Rick Poynor’s feature on the way Crash has been adapted to book design over the years. In it are some very helpful clues, including examples of Crash cover art that Ballard specifically hates. But Rick details other examples that are more successful in Ballard’s eyes, so it could be worth a look.

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Crash by J.G. Ballard Design Competition

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+ J.G. Ballard: The Visual Tribute

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+ ‘Collapsing Bulkheads: the Covers of Crash’ by Rick Poynor
+ ‘Woefully Underconceptualised’: Rick McGrath on Ballard Cover Art
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2 Responses »

  1. I thought Ballard didn’t like doing these special limited-edition books? I love the idea, though.

  2. I’ve heard that too. But at least this way he gets to pick the design. Perhaps that’s the motivation for doing it.

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