Color Palette Inspiration for Book Designers

If you’ve worked with a book designer, you might have wondered: Do book designers have inside jokes?

Beyond arguing about the differences between Helvetica and Helvetica Neue (true story—we didn’t have many deadlines that week), what do book designers talk about?

Ok, all kidding aside, this is a very interesting link for color ideas. If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box color inspiration, check out the color palettes curated at

A project by artist and designer Ryan McGuire, this website curates color palettes based on masterpieces of the world’s greatest artists.

Next time you are looking for colors for your book cover, try experimenting with some of these color combinations. It can be a great way to incorporate some of the old masters into a new work. How cool would it be to say, this book cover is based on Degas? Or Escher? Gauguin?

This gives design a whole new (hidden-meaning-awesomeness) kind of feeling.



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Elena is founder and creative director at DTPerfect. She loves collaborating with authors to create books that inspire, teach, and leave a legacy. When she is not working with authors, she writes and illustrates a few of her own stories and is the award-winning author of Thank You, Me, a children’s book created to inspire gratitude and self-care.

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