Spine Challenge!

Whoa, life intervenes and sometimes it’s hard to get a post together. In the meantime, check out this interview with Coralie Bickford-Smith, book designer for Penguin books (not YA, but still…).
What was especially interesting in this post were the pictures of the book spines. There are 2 – one at the top of the post, and a better one way down toward the bottom.
What strikes me about this – something that never occurred to me before – is that what makes them so appealing is how they play against one another. But in real life, in the library and perhaps the bookstore, standard order dictates how your spines go together.

A challenge for you! Look at your shelves with a critical eye toward spines. Send me a photo of a particularly pleasing serendipitous collection of spines. I’ll display them here with your commentary and/or mine.


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