John McConnell on cover design

“I argue that if you read a book, you get enthralled by it and therefore your emotions about it become too complex. You’re trying to translate a 500-page novel, which is an extremely elaborate, layered object, into one image. It gets dangerous if you get too close to it. People may resent me for this, but I find that by standing back, it’s easier to get a sense of it.”

— John McConnell on why he never read the books he designed covers for