Wood Block Print Etching Wild West Book Cover Design

Risograph Printing on Book Cover Design

A Risogrph Machine is a retro photocopier which is no longer in mainstream use, but is used by artists to create a vintage photocopied look. That said, most people no longer have access to a Riso. Instead they are making use of Photoshop. For example, at various Design Assets stores across the Internet, Pixel Buddha sell a bundle called “Weaving Machine Risograph Creator” and also “Old Master OverPrint Photoshop Effects. (Unfortunately you need Adobe Photoshop to make use of these.)

This is the effect I’m talking about:

  • slightly smudged
  • half-tone textures
  • transparent colours which overlay to create extra depth and interest

The examples above probably remind you of paperback covers from the 1960s.

Now let’s take a look at some contemporary book covers which look as if they could have been made with an old-fashioned Risograph machine.

Flat Cut-Out Design

These contemporary book covers seem inspired by the retro feel of the mod ’50s.

Here’s are examples of book covers which look like this but are clearly meant to represent the paper art of collage:

The style I’m talking about is a bit like that, except the shapes do not look skeuomorphically glued on. Shapes on these designs look as if they’ve been roughly cut out of paper and glued (invisibly) on, or else created via a retro printing press.

  • Londrina Solid
  • Hanna

Wild West Book Cover Design


On paper, things look fine. Sam Dennon recently inherited significant wealth from his uncle. As a respected architect, Sam spends his days thinking about the family needs and rich lives of his clients. But privately? Even his enduring love of amateur astronomy is on the wane. Sam has built a sustainable-architecture display home for himself but hasn’t yet moved into it, preferring to sleep in his cocoon of a campervan. Although they never announced it publicly, Sam’s wife and business partner ended their marriage years ago due to lack of intimacy, leaving Sam with the sense he is irreparably broken.

Now his beloved uncle has died. An intensifying fear manifests as health anxiety, with night terrors from a half-remembered early childhood event. To assuage the loneliness, Sam embarks on a Personal Happiness Project:

1. Get a pet dog

2. Find a friend. Just one. Not too intense.




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