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Classic books get modern cover designs by the Creative Action Network artists

2016-01-25

Classic books, like War and Peace, Pride & Prejudice or Moby Dick have had so many cover designs over their lifespan that no one knows every design that exists. Every time a book is translated to another language or a new edition is printed, a new cover that reflects the trends of the times may have been created. Now, in the era of ebooks, a group of artists has decided to recreate covers for classics.

Creative Action Network launched Recovering the Classics campaign in 2013, and invited artists to contribute new cover designs. The goal was to get new covers for 100 old books that are still being read as ebooks. The campaign was more popular than the organizers expected. More than 750 artists and designers contributed.

book cover, by abdul rasyid

Design by Abdul Rasyid


book cover, niasha kodzai

Design by Niasha Kodzai


book cover, roberto lanznaster

Design by Roberto Lanznaster


book cover, kirsten mischler

Design by Kirsten Mischler


book cover, becki kozel

Design by Becki Kozel


View all the new book cover designs here where you can also purchase your favorite designs as posters and t-shirts.

Since books are digital products today, and can feature motion pictures and animated images, why not animate the book cover as well? That’s what Shannon Palmer concluded, and created a couple of animated book cover designs for classics. Here is the new, animated cover for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein:

Via Wired.

Making Art out of Old Books

2015-02-25

In many places, second hand books have so little value that people try and give them away, but sometimes even it won’t empty bookshelves at home. New forms of art are constantly being developed, and one of them involves old books. Some artists cut books to form new objects, some stack them to create sculptures, while others paint on them.

Ekaterina Panikanova

Ekaterina Panikanova, who comes from St Petersburg, has invented a unique way to use old books in art. More samples of her work at her home page.

Ekaterina Panikanova