Reimagined Book Covers
Cover redesigns for some of the books I read at SVA.

2020



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A Moveable Feast
by Ernest Hemmingway is a classic memoir that brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized. The title means the memory of a splendid place that continues to go with the moving traveler for the rest of his life after he has had the experience of it and gone away. The redesign alters the word “moveable” to sans serif and uses unconventionally slanted typography to show the constant changes and movement Hemmingway experienced.

Reading Lolita
in Tehran by Azar Nafasi is a luminous novel that reveals the hardship women in Tehran lives with. By gathering her students in her house to read banned literature classics, Nafasi challenges the traditional values of the Tehran government. The redesign adopts multiple typefaces that have different styles to reflect the wide variety of books Nafasi assigns to her students.

Ways of Seeing
is a classic by John Berger that changes how people look at images, including paintings and photographs. The redesign employs playful and colorful typography to give a refreshing look to Berger’s excellent essays.

Metaphors We Live By
is a book that discusses how metaphors are everywhere in our daily lives, including using “up/right” to express “positivity” in our language. The redesign borrows the structure of a table to indicate how often we use structures from other things to embody an idea.

A Room of One’s Own
is an extended feminist essay by Virginia Woolf. In the book, she discusses the oppression women have faced and explains why women deserve their own personal space in order to flourish creatively like men. The redesign is covered with a sharp flower-like form that symbolizes women’s potential growth and the hardship they have faced. The die-cut hole implies privacy and a door keyhole.