Hole punched through white paper below "David and Goliath" title

David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell

Battling the Goliath of idioms, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” for Malcom Gladwell.

by Elixir

When Malcolm Gladwell’s agent contacted us about designing the cover for David and Goliath, we were – in a word – overjoyed. While we haven’t met Mr. Gladwell, we are huge fans.

Echoing the established visual language of Gladwell’s four previous book covers, designer Nate Durrant developed a single strong image to communicate the story in the most minimalist way. The trompe l’oeil effect – making the cover look as if it has been whacked – relates literally to the title and figuratively to the book’s central theme.