Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge.
-Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This series of book cover reinterpretations is intended to convey the sense of something being slightly awry while still being eye-catching (as much as we’re told not to, we do judge books by their covers.)
Each of these novels has been re-released countless times, so the challenge was in finding a new way to convey a sense of the books’ contents without drawing too heavily from past versions. I researched retro, modernist, and futuristic styles to find the right balance between the classic nature of the books, the futurism of their contents, and modern design.
I used photography to try to find interesting visuals for the covers. Most centered around the ideas of standing out from societal norms, or the unhealthy aspects of a forcibly “perfect” society.
I went through a number of different iterations before deciding to take a different approach altogether.
I usually prefer to work solely digitally, but for these designs I decided that a photographic, tactile approach would be more conducive to conveying the harsh realities of the dystopian communities within the novels.
THE FINAL PRODUCT
In the end, I arrived at three distinct designs that were more similar in approach, as opposed to visual similarities: they all took aspects of the novels and made the seemingly unrealistic stories feel “real.”