How a Book Cover Designer Catches the Reader’s Eye

“Readers want to go on a journey … and a jacket gets to add to that story.”

Illustration depicting a female with a microphone

Listen longer

Slate Plus members get ad-free versions of all Slate podcasts, plus extra segments, bonus episodes, and more. Try it today for just $1.

Join Slate Plus

Episode Notes

This week, in his final hosting appearance on the show, Rumaan Alam talks to graphic designer Rodrigo Corral, who specializes in book cover art. In the interview, Rodrigo explains how his designs attempt to capture the tone and themes of the books they adorn. He also talks about avoiding a signature style and finding inspiration at the hardware store.

After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler discuss the covers of their books and the creative decisions that went into the designs.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Rodrigo explains how fatherhood has impacted his work. He also talks about some cover art that he admires.

Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to or give us a call at (304) 933-9675.

Podcast production by Cameron Drews and Morgan Flannery.


About the Show

Slate interviews Americans about their jobs.

All episodes