BEHIND THE COVERS: For a long time I’d wanted to use typography as a design element and ignore the need for readability. For ebooks it seems almost unnecessary to have either the title or the author name on the cover. The same information is repeated, very legibly, right next to it at any place you can purchase the book. As long as the cover stands out visually, why repeat those details?

This cover, for Ray Banks and his Scottish publisher, Blasted Heath, accomplished just that. The three sequels followed the same branding, and a year or two later I did a cover for Ray that completely eliminated both the title and the author name. Is this the future? Probably not. But the covers stood out.