Classic novels have timeless appeal, but sometimes publishers want to update their book covers to appeal to contemporary audiences.
These design-forward cover designs for classic stories bring out their themes and characters in completely unique ways…
1. Anna Bond In Bloom Cover Designs
Anna Bond, lead designer of Rifle Paper Co, has lended her beautiful illustrative style to these redesigned covers for Puffin.
Bringing a contemporary floral look to much-loved titles including Little Women and Heidi, these covers are brought to life with punchy color combinations and gold metallic foiling.
Looking for more color inspiration for your designs? Discover our pick of the most stunning color combinations here.
Design: Anna Bond, Rifle Paper Co.
2. Manuja Waldia Covers for Pelican Shakespeare
These digital-inspired covers are as modern as you can get. Flat-style line drawings rendered in bold brights highlight the strong symbolism of Shakespeare’s plays.
Replicate the look in your own designs with neon colors layered over stark black backgrounds, and keep your illustrations minimal and sparse.
Design: Manuja Waldia
3. Artist-Designed Covers for Penguin Essentials
The Penguin Essentials series commissions a wide range of very different artists to redesign covers for vintage and modern classics. The aim is to introduce contemporary audiences to classic literary treasures, which may otherwise have been overlooked.
The result is a range of completely unique interpretations of the moods and themes of the novels, some with a pop art twist.