Billy Roh Book Covers by Billy Roh

For 2018, I wanted to read more and get better at graphic design, so I ended up creating book covers for each book I read.

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Less

February 05, 2019

Less is a very funny and poignant novel about a gay man finding himself by traveling all around the world. He wears a bright blue suit, so I wanted to use that colour for both covers.

High Output Management

January 22, 2019

Because this book was written in the 80s, I wanted to go for a brutalist aesthetic—something that could have been made in an early word processor.

The Hate U Give

January 22, 2019

The Hate U Give is a book about a girl who witnesses the murder of a friend by police and her pursuit of justice. The one on the left is a reference to gothic lettering used in tattoos. The one of the right is based on an NYT editorial p...

The Joy Luck Club

January 18, 2019

For this cover, I tried to do a mash up of East and West—a Chinese pattern overlaid on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Stories Of Your Life

January 18, 2019

Stories of Your Life is a collection of short sci-fi-ish stories. The one on the left is to reflect the recursive nature of Arrival. The one on the right is a reference to the first story in the collection.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

January 10, 2019

These covers are based on a scene where the protagonist is in a well. The one on the left is what he'd see when he looks up at the sun. The one on the right is the ladder extending down into the bottom of the well.

How To Change Your Mind

January 10, 2019

These covers are for How to Change Your Mind, a book about research on psychedelics. For the one on the left, I wanted to convey the idea of expanding your consciousness. For the one on the right, I wanted to create something that looked...

Pachinko

January 10, 2019

These covers are for Pachinko, a book about four generations of Koreans living in Japan. For the one on the left, I wanted to imitate vertical neon signs common in East Asia. For the one on the right, I wanted to create something very di...