Cover redesigns have been popping up all over the place, especially with this year marking the anniversaries of popular YA novels like Harry Potter and Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones. It is always really interesting to see how new designers put their own spins on old ideas. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:
1. City of Bones 10th Anniversary Edition
Cassandra Clare’s wildly popular YA book, City of Bones, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, Simon and Schuster came out with a new cover, designed by Kathleen Jennings. Beautiful cover – dark, with lots of detail that makes you look twice. It feels like a gate into this hidden world you never knew existed. Modern, trendy design, mysterious feel, beautiful font choice.
2. Olly Moss’ 25th Anniversary Harry Potter Covers
These new covers designed by Olly Moss are just beautiful. I love the artwork on the cover, the monochromatic color schemes, and how each image can be read in two ways. So clever!
3. Jessica Hische Classics Redesigned
Jessica Hische’s cover redesigns are fantastic – I love how she is able to convey the whole feeling of the book with some well designed type. No images necessary.
4. Fahrenheit 451 Cover by Elizabeth Perez
White space! Tactile covers! The match can actually be lit on fire – such a clever idea to drive the point of the book home.
5. Huck Finn
I really like this redesign. I love how the raft is adrift in this big, big, world, and I like the C as the moon, although it is a little kitschy. The only thing I don’t love about this cover is the fact that the title was shortened. I don’t think you should feel the need to take away from a cherished title in order to make your point.
6. Jaws Cover Design by Tom Lenartowicz
I like the simplicity of this cover. It says everything it needs to say, in the most minimal way possible.
7. Life of Pi
How beautiful is this cover? I love the combination of the simple concept with the ornate and detailed design inside the tiger.
8. Moby Dick Cover by Umberto Scalabrini
Beautiful use of negative space in an eye-catching and arresting design.
9. Wuthering Heights Cover by Karl James Mountford
I really like how this cover calls to mind Van Gogh, and manages to make you feel like you are really standing there on the hill in the wind. It is worthwhile taking a look at Mountford’s portfolio, he has some other nice cover redesigns there.
10. Wind in the Willows
I love the different styles and textures in this cover. Very striking, and makes for a warm and intriguing cover.