Project A: Research Best Book/Magazine Cover [Hind]


What is the story?

Dead in Attic is a collection of stories by Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, recounting the first harrowing year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Celebrated as a local treasure and heaped with national praise, Rose provides a rollercoaster ride of observation, commentary, emotion, tragedy, and even humor — in a way that only he could find in a devastated wasteland.
They are stories of the dead and the living, stories of survivors and believers, stories of hope and despair.
Dead in Attic freeze-frames New Orleans, caught between an old era and a new, during its most desperate time, as it struggles out of the floodwaters and wills itself back to life.

What are the strengths?

The book cover shows so poignantly the devastation caused by the hurricane. Using the number 1 in the title is a stark contrast with the number of lives lost in the hurricane.

What are the weaknesses, what can be improved?

I don’t find any weaknesses the cover reflects the content of the book: the many stories hidden under the rubbles and debris.

What is the story?

In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman offers an original approach to questions of humanity’s impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us. It is his way to explore the impact of humanity on the environment by picturing a world without humans.
In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils…
The World Without Us reveals how, just days after humans disappear, floods in New York’s subways would start eroding the city’s foundations, and how, as the world’s cities crumble, asphalt jungles would give way to real ones. It describes the distinct ways that organic and chemically treated farms would revert to wild, how billions more birds would flourish, and how cockroaches in unheated cities would perish without us.
From places already devoid of humans (a last fragment of primeval European forest; the Korean DMZ; Chernobyl), Weisman reveals Earth’s tremendous capacity for self-healing. As he shows which human devastations are permanent, and which examples of our highest art and culture would endure longest, Weisman’s narrative drives toward a radical but persuasive solution that needn’t depend on our end. It is narrative nonfiction posing an irresistible concept with both gravity and a highly readable touch; it looks deeply at our effects on the planet in a way that no other book has.

What are the strengths?

The book cover design is appealing, eye catching and thought provocative. The cover is consistent with the content since the writer is asking us to envision the world without us. The cover portrays a mirror that does not reflect an exact image but a counter reality depicting the absence of the dark human civilization which is replaced by nature (green trees and blue skies).

What are the weaknesses, what can be improved?

The book cover clearly shows the writer’s purpose in creating a mirror image of our world but without us… it’s a reflection… it’s a contemplation…



What is the story?

Interiors: An Introduction is a book about design education. It serves the purpose of providing a better understanding of how to enhance one’s own living space, the information and ideas in this text will help readers (amateurs or professionals) to achieve it.
“Interiors” offers an introduction to the elements, practice, and aesthetics of residential and non-residential interior design, as well as their application. In addition, the authors describe the numerous choices of materials, furnishings, and components used in interior design. The book is illustrated with hundreds of colour photographs to show the elements of design.

What are the strengths?

The layout is self-explanatory and relevant.

What are the weaknesses, what can be improved?

However, it is conventional and lacks originality. The furniture even the colours are pale and unfashionable.


~ by hindmf on February 24, 2008.

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