The “Bloody Cover 2009” Has Been Found

For the eighth time the most original, most exciting, most remarkable… in short the most beautiful cover for a German language crime novel was selected. The jury for the Bloody Cover awards – in association with the German language crime novels authors’ association Syndikat and the Krimi-Forum – nominated twelve finalists amongst the more than 300 crime novels released in the past year. The winners were then voted for by the general public.

The decision fell last Sunday – Fremder Schmerz by Renate Kampmann (List Verlag; cover design by Simone Becher, Bürosüd München) was awarded as the best cover for a crime novel of the past year. The second place was taken by Abgemurkst by Minck & Minck (Droste Verlag; cover design by Helge Jepsen, Essen), and third place went to Der du bist dem Vater gleich by Michael Koglin (Pendragon; cover design by Michael Baltus, Mediendesign; photograph by Steven Haberland).

The typography on all three covers is quite conservative. Apart from the fact that the title in the winning entry doesn’t use German capitalisation, both Garamond and Copperplate Gothic are pedestrian choices. Gill Sans in the cover for Abgemurkst is an obvious pick for this type of illustrative design, and I think we all agree Rotis Semi Serif for the title and Helvetica Condensed for the author’s name in the third cover are overused.

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  1. Isn’t using a freefont in the headline of this blog quite … hmm … inapprobiate? ;^D

    Posted by Renko on May. 5, 2009
  2. I have to say I am a bit bummed by the Bloody Cover logo shamelessly ripping off Corey Holmsdesign for The Sopranos. Like I commented in a previous episode of ScreenFonts on Unzipped

    The iconic substitution of a pistol for the “r” has become engrained in the collective consciousness and who knows how many times it has been parodied and copied.

    See my reviews of the posters for My Mom’s New Boyfriend and Triad Election

    Posted by Yves Peters on May. 5, 2009
  3. … oops, I meant something like inadequate (my darn english deficit)

    Posted by Renko on May. 5, 2009
  4. Oh, I am sorry, haven’t found the logo at their site. You know that there is a freefont with this revolver as a r?

    Posted by Renko on May. 5, 2009
  5. No, I didn’t know that — and frankly I don’t wanna know! :D

    It’s already bad enough Corey Holms’ work is plagiarised once more.

    Posted by Yves Peters on May. 5, 2009
  6. … which looks exactly like their … logo.

    Posted by Renko on May. 5, 2009
  7. BTW Without the spelling mistake “inappropriate” would have been… appropriate. Nothing deficient about your English skillz. ;)

    Posted by Yves Peters on May. 5, 2009
  8. Isn’t that irritating? Yes it is.

    Posted by Renko on May. 5, 2009
  9. Hahaha, thanks for the english lesson.

    Posted by Renko on May. 5, 2009
  10. I see now that Jürgen Siebert has felt something like the logo himself and neglected to show it at the

    Posted by Renko on May. 5, 2009
  11. In case anyone wants to know — the typeface for the Bloody Cover logo is a pirated Compacta. And I just noticed the Syndikat logo was designed with Metamorph, one of the first FF Dirty Faces, FontFont’s venture into grunge territory.

    Posted by Yves Peters on May. 5, 2009

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