Thursday, 21 August 2014

Essential Penguins Return

Every now and then Penguin fire out a burst of Essentials, a series that usually consists of books from the Modern Classics line, rebranded as smaller paperbacks with eye-catching covers. The thinking is that these will appeal to the sort of people who would not pick up a classic. Who are these mad people? Can we give them a good pummeling?

After a long period of quiet, a new batch of 10 have just been released, with cover designs by a range of contemporary artists. Click for bigger versions.

Design by Joe Cruz

A typically violent Cleon Peterson design

One of my favourites in this series, by JP King

Design by Camilla Perkins; I'm not sure that this quite hits the spot: see this post for numerous other takes on the Triffid

Design by Mr Foxx

Another favourite, by Australian typographer and illustrator Georgia Hill: she painted the lettering on glass and then took a hammer to it for the final photograph 

The third of my favourites, a creepy work by Karl Kwasny

Design by illustrator and comics artist Jon McNaught

Design by illustrator and children's book artist Carson Ellis

Design by Emily Sutton

2 comments:

jb said...

Some nice ones there, actually, but also good to see Penguin choose some less-obvious ones alongside the predictable (Tender, Big Sleep, Triffids, especially).

The Book Design Blog said...

To my mind, James P. Keenan's cover for 'The Man in the High Castle' is definitely one of the best http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/19/PKD-high_castle-penguinclassics.jpg

It made me buy a copy at least.