Lauren Harms

Lauren Harms Creates a Hot Cover for This is Not a Love Song

Looking back on my design process for This is Not a Love Song, I realized that my thinking didn't start with the manuscript. It started with Brendan Mathew's first book, The World of Tomorrow, which I had had the great pleasure of reading and designing the cover for in 2016. 

It's interesting to compare these two books because they're wildly different. The World of Tomorrow is a fantastically fun, fast paced novel set around the 1939 World's Fair. A very specific setting and time period, that had a clear visual vocabulary. This is Not a Love Song is a set of contemporary short stories that are much more meditative. As with most story collections, there are a wide range of settings and characters to dive into. 

Lauren Harms Creates a Hot Cover for This is Not a Love Song

Lauren Harms on Designing the Cover for Startup

Lauren Harms is a book cover designer living in New York City. Having been highlighted before for her work on Invincible Summer and Where the Peacocks Sing, we catch up with her once again to talk about the process of her cover for Startup - the new must read by Doree Shafrir.

Lauren Harms on Designing the Cover for Startup

Lauren Harms, on Invincible Summer & Where the Peacocks Sing

"Every book has a different story to tell, so it’s your responsibility as the designer to read, research and explore all the possibilities to represent that story. Also, it doesn’t hurt that I love paper and all things printed!"

Lauren Harms, on Invincible Summer & Where the Peacocks Sing