The book cover is in decline, Tim Kreider writes. ”It seems as if sixty-five per cent of all novels’ jackets feature an item of female apparel and/or part of the female anatomy and the name of some foodstuff in the title—the book-cover equivalent of the generic tough-guy-with-gun movie poster with title like ‘2 HARD & 2 FAST.’” We judge books by their covers, too.
The Great Book Cover Project by Levente Szabo
Love these. Belgian artist Levente Szabo redesigns the covers of his favourite books. Done in Photoshop with handwritten lettering.
- The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
- The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- Blindness by Jose Saramago
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Levente Szabó is a graphic designer worked in Brussels, and currently he’s redesigning the covers for some of his favorite books. You can check out the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh installments on his Behance profile.
Here’s a three course meal for your eyes, lovers of book design. A look at the work of Pierre Faucheux (above), a gorgeous and wonderful Book Cover Archive, and a contest for the best book design of 2011.
The history behind the iconic Esquire cover that depicts Andy Warhol trapped in a swirling vortex of tomato soup. Before photoshop! I have a reproduction of this particular cover hanging in my kitchen, and I have to tell you that I can’t bear to eat canned Tomato soup at all anymore.
Source: The Atlantic