"Designing a book cover is great because you can treat it as a piece of packaging, a mini poster, corporate identity, something to use illustration on, or photography, be purely typographical, figurative or conceptual with just the right amount of type to play around with, have complete ownership; and even if you mess up totally, nobody dies.”
Q: Does putting a series of covers together offer more or less challenges?
A: I think a series of covers is much easier. Turd Theory (one of The Twenty Irrefutable Theories of Cover Design, written by myself and Jon Gray) works on the idea that in a scary world of disorder and chaos people are programmed to seek out repetition and order. So even the worst cover in the world, repeated 20 times in different colours of the rainbow will get you an award or two.
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.