They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but if the cover looks anything like the ones designed by Latvian artist Aniko Koleshnikova, you’re bound to be a little judgey. After all, how could you stop yourself from wanting to read what’s inside after gazing at these whimsical designs?
Lolita, the titular character in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, is hardly one-dimensional. So it’s pretty intriguing to see the many interpretations of just how she looks like from book cover to book cover. This online exhibit of the nearly-200 copies of Lolita by German author Dieter E Zimmer is extensive and quite astonishing.
Kai and Sunny produce some of the most distinctive work you could hope to see in the fields of design and illustration: intricate, graceful, and simultaneously simple, yet complex and understated. They work tirelessly in a range of different areas but are perhaps best known for their book covers for the likes of David Mitchell and their recent, large-scale black and white prints. I just love their stuff.
Brit band meets Brit books, resulting in some pretty delightful offspring in the form of The Smiths’ classic song lyrics on the cover of classic Penguin book titles. These come from Manchester-based illustrator and art director Chris Thornley. You can view more of his works on his Tumblr blog.
The Criterion Collection recently uploaded a gallery of all the covers of the books and magazines that appeared in The Royal Tenenbaums. Movies are entire universes into themselves, so when literature makes as much as a dent as it does in Wes Anderson’s films, we are sure people are gazing at these and wishing these into existence.
Seeing things in nature that we generally not notice, Bristol-based artist Rose Sanderson creates paintings of insects using book covers as her canvas. Inspired by the study of insects and strange creatures, what others may find disgusting, she finds beautiful. This series of works opens up on how fragile life is through her use of mixed media that portrays decay. She intends for us to appreciate life, whether it be ours or everything wonderful nature offers.