The following collection of covers use typography to evoke a certain time and place.

Spade & Archer

by Joe Gores. Published by Knopf, 2009. Designed by Jason Booher.

A grey and off-white colour scheme, matched with 3D typography, does a good job of portraying the 1920s.

The Hilliker Curse

by James Ellroy. Published by Knopf, 2010.

A good use of typography and colour to evoke the 1950s.

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

by Matt Dobkin. Published by Saint Martin’s Griffin, 2006. Designed by Karen Horton.

A good combination of Univers and Clarendon to represent record covers of the 1960s.

Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty

by Harland Miller. Published by Fourth Estate, 2001. Designed by Darren Haggar.

Bauhaus, a large, curved typeface, is combined here with muted colour to represent the early 1980s.

You Are Not A Gadget

by Jaron Lanier. Published by Penguin, 2010. Designed by Olly Moss.

Although not strictly retro, the use of the Caslon typeface, as displayed on the Kindle e-reader, cements this cover firmly in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s.


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