Add to My MSN

Beautiful New Cover Designs for Nabokov Classics

12/15/2009 3:04:31 PM

Tags: Great Writing, books and publishers, literary news, Vladimir Nabokov, book covers, John Gall, Design Observer, Danielle Maestretti

new Nabokov cover: The EnchanterVintage International recently unveiled its beautifully redesigned Vladimir Nabokov backlist, with fresh covers for Nabokov classics like The Enchanter and The Luzhin Defense.

“Every so often, a dream project lands on your desk,” writes Vintage art director John Gall at the Design Observer blog. “Here's one: redesign Vladimir Nabokov's book covers. All twenty-one of them. Let me rephrase. Every so often the most daunting project of your entire life arrives on your desk.”

Gall enlisted a number of artists (including Utne visionary Dave new Nabokov cover: The Luzhin DefenseEggers, who designed the new Laughter in the Dark cover) to play on the concept of specimen boxes, as a way to honor Nabokov’s passion for collecting butterflies. 

“Each box would be filled with paper, ephemera, and insect pins, selected to somehow evoke the book's content,” Gall writes. “And to make it more interesting for readers—and less daunting for me—I thought it would be fun to ask a group of talented designers to help create the boxes.” The final covers aren’t the actual boxes, of course (they’re photographs of the finished projects), though perhaps those will resurface as extra-extra-special collectors’ editions?

Source: Design Observer

Related Content

Publishers Need to Complain Less

Akashic Books Founder Johnny Temple says that folks in the publishing world need to stop complaining...

New Pepsi Logo Looks Like a Little Fat Man

Artist Lawrence Yang responds to the much-maligned Pepsi logo redesign...  

Awards for Good Book Covers and Bad Sex Scenes

The Literary Review releases its Bad Sex in Fiction Awards and the Book Design Review blog names its...

Whose Name Is That on the Face of Planet Earth?

Using a GPS tracking device, Nick Newcomen wrote the message “Read Ayn Rand” across the United State...

Content Tools

Post a comment below.


Pay Now & Save $5!
First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $31.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $36 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!