Everyone knows the age-old saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but we have to be realistic and admit that everyone does that. A great book cover design should make you think. It should communicate about the story that is between the covers, to spark an interest about the topic. The style in which a book cover is designed is influenced by the continually changing design trends. In a previous blog post we’ve explored how various retro design trends have inspired modern magazine designers. This article is somewhat different. It’s not about various design trends, but it compares the past and present covers of 10 classic novels. Obviously the first edition published in 1950’s does not look the same as the one from the 1990’s.

Society is in a continuous change, so there will always will be a need for something new and fresh. It’s interesting to notice how the design of the original book covers evolved, and what new elements showed up on the contemporary editions. So let’s analyse them together! 1984 – George Orwell 1984 – book covers old new 1984 is one of the most Israel Phone Number novels, and the first book cover edition was published by Secker and Warburg in 1950. The design has a vintage touch because of the hand letter font, but it doesn’t give us any clue about the story. The contemporary edition designed by Ben Jones brings something else to the table: a strange illustration with many eyes which shows very well how the utopian society from George Orwell’s novel looks like.

It Makes You Want

To read more, to discover the mystery behind the metaphor. This amazing book cover won the Polish Book cover Contest in 2011. Good job, Ben! Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice book covers Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a classic novel beloved by many readers. This elegant vintage version was published in 1894. It is known by collectors as “The Peacock Edition” and it became iconic for this novel. Inside the book you’ll find illustrations by Hugh Thomson. The second book cover is designed by Jessica Hische in 2011, who came up with a classy composition that brings back the feelings and style of the victorian age.

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It has some similarities with the original one. But you can also notice the modern lettering which is quite a popular design trend. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland book covers. On the left you can see the 1898 book cover of Alice in Wonderland. It has specific illustrations and lettering of the period: we can recognize Alice and some objects from the story. Like poker cards. The Penguin Classics edition from 2015 is also illustration-based and it has. A similar vintage look as the old one, but it’s more colorful, more alive and we can notice more characters from Wonderland. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov Lolita book covers old new.

The First Edition Of Lolita

From 1955, had a simple green cover, because it wasn’t easy to find a good image. Illustrate what the author wanted to be seen on the cover of his controversial novel. If we cannot find that kind of artistic and virile painting. Let us settle for an immaculate white jacket (rough texture paper instead of the usual glossy kind). With LOLITA in bold black lettering. 60 years later you can find many inspired redesigned versions of “Lolita”. I like this version because of how the designer played with the hand-lettered typography. The lollipop, creating a strong visual effect. It kinda gives a hint about what you’ll find in the book. The trial – Franz Kafka The trial Kafka book covers. This is the first American edition of The Trial designed by George Salter in 1937.

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