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Les Allusifs Book Covers

Posted by Anne Healey in book design on April 16, 2009

Thanks to the blog Première de Couverture, I was made aware of the beautiful books put out by Les Allusifs, a Montreal publisher that specializes in international fiction translated to French.

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I love everything about these bold and stripped-down designs, which are by the Montreal firm Paprika—but especially the colors. One thing that makes this series work so well is that the design is very consistent, but each cover is also unique, which keeps things interesting. The Dada-esque illustrations are by Alain Pilon.

They look really good all together in a pile:


Image from AIGA Design Archives

Paprika won a lot of recognition for these designs, and you can read some comments on the work here:


Categories: book design | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Les Allusifs Book Covers”

  1. JRSM Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Beautiful! I might have to plug these as well (with credit to yourself and Première de Couverture, of course): they’re just too lovely to ignore.

  2. Anne Healey Says:
    April 24th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    JRSM: By all means! I’m glad you included some of the other ones — it was hard for me to choose just nine! I really enjoy your blog. So many books! I don’t know where you get them all from. I have a theory that you are a magical elf that lives in a bookstore. With a scanner.