The hand-written font look is dominating packaging and design right now. My love for it runs deep and it doesn't seem to be a trend that is letting up. But surely there will be a backlash soon. A possible hint of that, I just redesigned a magazine that was only a year old to rid it of a hand-writing font that hand just become to ubiquitous: Hand of Sean. So, maybe the actual fonts are getting to be tired, but when something is truly one-of-a-kind, created by hand, like on book covers, they just pop off the shelf. And that's definitely what publishers and authors want. The book that actually got me thinking about handwriting again was this one, The Missing Ink. A book about the lost art of handwritten notes. I loved the cover so much and then found that it has an equally awesome UK cover. It sounds like a fascinating read and I added it to my list on Goodreads.com.
These covers got me thinking about other covers I've seen recently. Here is a round-up of some of my favorite recent (and semi-recent) book covers that utilize hand-drawn text and just for fun their UK versions as well. I was going to write an in-depth blog about why book publishers created different covers for the different international markets, but then I found this great blog that explains it better than I probably could. So, if you want to know why there are different versions in different countries, read here.