Type Battle 32 // Book Cover Meme

Ngoc Ngo's picture


You will create a book cover, using a fictitious title and an image from the LIFE photo archive.

Winner take all, no holds barred. May the best designer win.


Follow these steps below:

1. The first article title on the Wikipedia Random Articles page
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random) is the title of your book.

2. Go to the LIFE photo archive (http://images.google.com/hosted/life) and enter the title (or part of the title) as your search term. Use any image from the search result for your book.

3. (optional) Include your name as the author of your book.

4. Use your graphics application of choice to throw them together,
and post the result.

- Final Image size: 550 width. 72 dpi*
- Color: Any
- Format: JPG or PNG

*Please try to keep your file sizes to a minimum! Our server is taking quite a beating with all this imagery. So compress, compress compress! Thanks :)


This is your chance to stretch your type muscles on a weekly basis. You have one week to create and submit your entry. Anyone may submit a design response to the challenge. You may enter as often as you wish. Post anytime. Critiques and comments are welcome throughout the game, from participants and spectators alike. Smack talk is encouraged.

As with any street battle, there is no panel of judges and no prize — only the ability to call yourself the best on the block.

Link directly to this battle: http://www.typophile.com/battle32
Link to the battle directory: http://www.typophile.com/typebattles

B3N's picture

the image has nothing to do with Chris Vine, its just a cool image of vines.

Avant Garde LT extra light, and bodoni i think.

Bendy's picture

a couple more attempts...
Futuristic science fiction, probably set in Russia...

And an action/adventure novel that takes place on a red planet...

I used Soho Gothic, Bodoni and Joanna

Miss Tiffany's picture

An aside. It always irks me when we look at design journals, especially those that say it is all about typography, and they don't credit the typefaces.

mili's picture

Two different kind of books. None of the dogs is a Portugese pointer, but pointers anyway.

ITC Galliard

ITC Mendoza

jupiterboy's picture

Looks like the last one located a plant.

dezcom's picture

The typeface for this one is jabberwub by James Arboghast.


dezcom's picture


It looks like David captured your avatar :-)


PS: THANKS, Ricardo!

fbrccn's picture

Had another go.

What if Haydn's Symphony no. 79 had been a cold-war-era pulp spy thriller instead of just another piece of classical music?

Used a free font called Know your product.

For my first entry - Lionel Crabb - I used Orator Std.

emax's picture

I couldn't resist joining in this time.
Books are my weakness.

I use P22 Corinthia and Didot.

genericboy's picture

Love that one Colaboy! Extra kudos for working the watermark into the design :)



jt_the_ninja's picture

I'll be honest...the Wikipedia hit was for an album by Life of Agony (whom and of whom I've never heard) called "Ugly," but I just put "Ugly" into the Life search...so yeah.

This image just immediately leaped out at me from the search results for some reason. Apparently, there's a model agency in London called "Ugly" or something like that...

Is it sad that I'm considering using this title, at least, if I ever release a book of my poetry?

P.S. Please don't think that I consider any of the fonts here "ugly." I actually like them all, and I love using two out of the three families represented. I just think they worked, sort of offsetting the deliberately "silk-screened" image.


EDIT: Since it seems to be the hip, cool thing to name your typefaces:
Virgin, Adobe Caslon Pro, and Delicious (regular, smallcaps, and heavy).

Ngoc Ngo's picture

Can't wait to curl up with a few of these books. Some look like best sellers based on the designs alone!

By the way, great suggestion to include the name of the typefaces.

DyanneNova's picture

I'm new on the site, just signed up today, but I've been following Typophile through Twitter. I saw this topic on there and I couldn't pass it up.

In the first one I used Archer and Edwardian Script, in the second I used Imprint Shadow and Minion Pro.

jt_the_ninja's picture

Thought I'd do another, just because of how ugly my first was...

Note how I used blur to focus on the reindeer's nose...of course it's told from his point of view.

Valeria Script Cola Pen, Nimbus Script, and Anivers.


c.r.brown's picture

Compatil Text/Fact LT Pro

eliason's picture

Mona Lisa and Fontin Sans

eliason's picture


The strangest thing about this is that the funereal picture is actually a match not for "Dead" but for "Smiths."

c.r.brown's picture

Borges Titulo, Poema

colaboy's picture

Thanks Andi.

The watermark stayed because I needed a publisher.


LLCoolJCL's picture

I tiptoe in for my first battle entry: Zero Friction

From the original TIME image: "Rubber ball, frozen to near absolute zero by liquid helium, shatters and vaporizes as it strikes floor."

(Prestige Elite Std, Eurostile Regular)

Love all the entries, everyone!


pyros's picture

(I used Riot Squad NF and Corbel)

uofiowabrian's picture

(Used Avenir)

Marten Fischer's picture

My first attempt in Type Battling:
A cover for the book about George Szell - conductor and composer.

I've used Helvetica Condensed (Bold and Regular).

jt_the_ninja's picture

@eliason: wow, talk about a picture saying a thousand words...along with a title, of course. If the book were titled "The Best Days of Our Lives," or something, it'd have a whole different feel.

Man, I'd really like to have most of these books on my shelf...


Marten Fischer's picture

I just had to try it out. ;^)

(To much spare time, you say? No, not really. Just som problems prioritize...)

jt_the_ninja's picture

Hah! That's great. You forgot the Barnes & Noble price sticker, though...


cylonkitten's picture

wow these entries are great

will post one shortly....might not be as good as some of these though :S#

peace out


Jos Buivenga's picture

Fonts used: Museo Sans 900 & 100

glytch's picture

Used Univers - - what else?

eliason's picture

Don't be so modest, Jos, your name is worth more than 100!

Jos Buivenga's picture

:-) You're far too kind, Craig.

Dtronic's picture

Nice and peaceful, this one. Cronos is the typface.

computersspeakfrench's picture

Great challenge.

jlazerus's picture

I swear- my wikipedia article was a book title!

Eyerman's picture

This was the first title that Google found for me.
Fonts used were Goya Ultra from Harold's Fonts and FHA Egyptian Bold from Letterhead Fonts. The Tokyo station photo was shot by my father (a Life staff photog) a few days after Japan's surrender in September, 1945.

dantho's picture

Times New Roman Bold and Helvetica Obliques. I know, right, but you should see Sydney Transport styling.

I did just learn a lot about ferries, though.

fbrccn's picture

ITC Blair

dirtynine's picture

Got "Sterling Rohlfs", apparently a test pilot of little acclaim.

noheart's picture

Champion; Verlag Condensed

SecretFun's picture

Here's mine. It literally took me three times before I could get one that worked.

mprsand's picture

PF Agora Serif (Italic & Black Italic)

noheart's picture

SecretFun –


c.r.brown's picture


Sorry for the few submissions, shaking out some creative cobwebs.

dezcom's picture

The photo that came up was a Greek widow so I went with it and massaged the storyline a bit.
The type is my Dez Superego Light, Medium and Black.


rothstei's picture

What a fun game!

You loved the building in Columbus, Ohio, now, experience the thriller novel!

first go was kind of simple: Myriad Std Sketch and Myriad Pro.
But I saw all the other clever folk (I'm a bit of an amateur) so I went for another try.

ended up with a Sin City sort of look. Same font except for my name, which is Small Fonts, because I moved to my computer at home where there are fewer fonts.

dezcom's picture

I just had to pull a Monk and make the 100th post to this thrtead :-)


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