The more confusing the state of the world, the greater the need for guidebooks that offer individual solutions to structural problems. There are guidebooks on every topic, because after all, you simply can’t optimize yourself enough—can you?
For their July 2022 anti-perfectionism issue, the editors of BARBARA magazine have ironically reversed the biggest order titles and found a few more market niches for guidebooks that want less than overly ambitious originals. I illustrated the covers of these books-that-the-world-is-missing. And lo and behold, designing book covers is always fun—even for books that don’t even exist.