Book Jacket Designs by Danielle Christopher
Judge a Book by Its Cover - Featuring Designs by Danielle Christopher
Danielle Christopher is an Associate Art Director at St. Martin's Press. In her 10 years at SMP, she has worked on every genre of book, from bodice-ripping romances, to women's fiction, to celebrity biography and beyond. In her spare time she loves all things Disney, HGTV, coffee, Harry Potter, and spending time with friends and family, especially her best creation of all, her 10 month old daughter Marcella!
Inspiration for Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser:
Even though Not That I Could Tell is a standalone novel, I wanted this cover to echo Jessica Strawser’s first book cover, Almost Missed You, which I also designed. The common design elements on both are the damaged paper— cut up paper strips on the first book, burnt paper edges on this— and in person you can see they have the same printed jacket effects.
The editor also asked that I somehow show the book’s opening scene on the cover—a bonfire at night. Since that scene is so specific, I ended up using several images combined together to get it just right—the fire pit and wine glasses were one photograph, the hanging outdoor lights were another, and photographer Jon Halpern shot the adirondack chairs.