18 inspiring book covers handcrafted by graphic design students


Our students at Shillington are regularly tasked with creating design briefs to produce their own editorial covers of popular titles. Here we are sharing some awesome recent examples of book designs that we wish existed so that we can add them to our own shelves.

1. The French complexion, Christine Clais РAim̩e Harel, Melbourne

For an alternative version of French Complexion by Christine Clais, Aimee Harel photographed lots of cotton swabs, cotton, flower petals and creams to create a nice repeating background. We also love the little lipstick scribbles.

2. Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino – Caroline McClain, New York

“I designed a cover for one of my favorite short story collections, Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics,” says Caroline mcclain. “The book is a collection of imagined creation stories; for the design of the cover, I particularly focused on a story called All at One Point, describing the overcrowded living conditions before the Big Bang.”

3. The Year of Gardening, Lance Hattatt – Caroline Robinson, London

For her student dossier, Caroline Robinson was asked to design a cover that depicts the book, The Gardening Year, and to produce a handmade piece of art that can be used as a central creative element. Caroline rolled up her sleeves and produced some beautifully intricate felt food before photographing her handcrafted creations.

4. Funeral rites, Hannah Kent – Daniel Kan, London

Daniel kan took a pretty dark path with her rendition of Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites. No wonder when the main character is charged with double murder and witchcraft. To make his flesh-type blanket, Daniel used various dyes, canvas and egg yolk as well as an embroidery needle, human hair, moss, pebbles, pigskin and needles. of pine.

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – Ella Murray, London

london designer Ella Murray chose Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the cover of her book, but she added a contemporary twist. Using a photograph of a more modern Alice and then applying a needle and thread to add color and drama, Ella’s final design is distinctive and unique.

6. The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump – Greg Morrison, New York

From a political perspective, Greg Morrison was inspired to create a new cover for Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal. “A successful business book becomes a portrait of junk food, with a side of social commentary,” says Greg, one of our Shillington New York graduates.

With liquorice lips for Donald’s famous pout, chicken nuggets for his ears, and fries for his blonde hair, this is an almost chewable blanket.

7. The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling – John Cox, New York

John cox took on the epic challenge of reinventing Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and we think you’ll agree, it’s pretty wonderful. Cutting out six different layers of heavy white paper, John played with light and shadow to create depth, texture, and varying shades of gray.

“Mowgli faces many challenges in the jungle throughout the story, obviously culminating in his battle with Sheer Khan,” says John. “I wanted to emphasize this with my blanket while also showcasing Mowgli’s bravery. I illustrated a photo of Mowgli looking deep into the belly of the jungle into his opponent’s gaping mouth.”

8. 1Q84, Haruki Murakami – Kirsten McColl, New York

Kirsten mccolll, which has the impressive wallet, decided to make his own book cover design for Haruki Murakami’s novel 1Q84, with hand-made typography and other attractive elements. A great job.

9. Sel, Nayyirah Waheed – Kyra Price, New York

that of New York Kyra Award designed a handmade typeface and book cover for his version of Nayyirah Waheed’s salt, with short, yet powerful and textured poems. From minimal salt-on-white typography to hand-cut and aligned letters, this is a design definitely worth admiring.

10. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka – Marina De Salis, Manchester

The Metamorphosis is a short story written by Franz Kafka which was first published in 1915. It is a title that inspired Marina De Salis to come up with a new book design – one that would bring classical text into the 21st century.

With typography digitally created from various insects, curved and maneuvered into different letters, this is an idea beautifully executed.

11. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – Nicole Koncz, Sydney

Here’s another contender for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – because who doesn’t love Lewis Carroll’s literary classic? Nicole koncz from Sydney decided to dig deeper into the general theme of the story: “I reversed the idea of ​​a traditional book cover by using the physical inside pages of the book on the outside.

“I took the book apart, tore holes in each page and layered them to create the illusion of a rabbit hole. Just as Alice falls in Wonderland, the reader is consumed by the book and falls after her. . “

12. Joy of Cooking, Irma Starkhoff Rombauer – Nina Caldas, New York

We love this fresh, vibrant take on one of America’s best-selling cookbooks, Joy of Cooking. In fact, there is clearly real joy in Nina Caldascover design. Stuffed to the brim with chopped herbs, fruits and vegetables, Nina carved out a white space to spell out the title of this authoritative American classic.

13. The Collector, John Fowles – Olga Romanova, New York

Olga Romanova turned to The Collector for their fictional cover design – the 1963 debut novel by author John Fowles. Her handmade origami butterflies pinned to a board represent the novel’s curious and mysterious plot.

14. Extremely Strong and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer – Ray Wong, London

Ray wong was moved by Extremely Loud and Incredably Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, a bestselling novel about the tragic loss and the aftermath of 911. Ray created an installation for the cover of the book to depict the emotional journey of the characters in the story .

15. White teeth, Zadie Smith РRen̩e Lemieux, Manchester

Renee lemieux turned to Zadie Smith’s White Teeth to get started on creating another book cover design. Using a bright and bold palette, Renée created multi-colored typography by cutting, layering and gluing each letter to allude to a rainbow against a cloudy blue sky.

16. Sidewalk Flowers, Jonarno Lawson – Sam Alexander, Sydney

For its book cover, Sydney’s Sam Alexander was inspired by Sidewalk Flowers, a wordless picture book by Jonarno Lawson that features a little girl collecting wildflowers while her absent-minded father pays her little attention. Using multiple layers of cardboard, cut into flowers, petals and leaves, Sam’s design is rich, colorful and inviting.

17. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon – Sam Jacobs, New York

Sam jacobs – a Shillington graduate who received his dream job at Time Inc. – designed a handmade book cover for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, drawing on superhero elements from the story. His design for Michael Chabon’s book includes a key, intricately carved into the tip of a pencil. Incredible.

18. The feminine mystic, Betty Friedan – Sophie Forman, New York

Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique formed the basis of the cover design for Sophie Forman’s book. She wanted to create a jacket for the seminal 1963 feminist classic using handmade items, like a burnt oven mitt covered in beautiful illustrations alluding to the contents of the book.


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