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Competition - Redesign a book cover

Book cover competition for students

As part of our celebrations for World Book Day, students will be asked to redesign the cover of a famous book.

They can choose any book they like.

The winning entry will receive a £10 voucher.

5 of the greatest book covers

The Great Gatsby:The Great Gatsby is easily one of the most iconic book covers ever designed. This famous cover artwork was created by Francis Cugat for the first edition of the book in 1925, and it has stuck around ever since.

“Celestial Eyes,” as the artwork is called, is considered a masterpiece and always has been…so much so that Fitzgerald was so struck by the artwork that he even wrote it into his book after seeing it for the first time. (You may recognize the cover’s imagery from sections in the book like the advertising billboard with a “nonexistent nose,” or Daisy being described as a “disembodied face [that] floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs”).

Pride and Prejudice: There have been all sorts of covers for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice throughout the years…from the classic Penguin covers to beautiful flowery editions. However, one of the most famous covers for this book that fans have long adored is the iconic peacock edition of Pride and Prejudice.

This famous Pride and Prejudice peacock cover was designed by Hugh Thompson for the 1894 George Allen edition of the book (Thompson also illustrated the novel for this edition). Although there’s not an actual peacock in this beloved novel, Thompson used the peacock as a representation for the themes of courtship, vanity, beauty, etc. that Austen brings to life in what is one of her most beloved works. And ever since, it’s been an iconic symbol for this book!

Catch-22: Another famous book cover design is Catch-22, an immediately recognizable cover that you’d know anywhere! This design was created by Paul Bacon, the prolific designer of around 6,500 book jackets and the designer who introduced the “Big Book Look” into book design.

Catch-22 is one such “Big Book Look” book, with a large bold title and author’s name set against a small conceptual image. It’s said that Bacon created eleven different versions of the cover for Catch-22 before the publisher agreed on this final version, and with it becoming so iconic it’s clear that it was worth all the work!

To Kill a Mockingbird: When you’re thinking of iconic or famous book covers, another one that might come to mind is this cover of To Kill a Mockingbird. This artwork is taken from the first US edition of the book, published by J.B. Lippincott Company in 1960.

The book jacket was designed by Shirley Smith, but there is very little information available about her. But one thing’s for sure…she definitely created an excellent and memorable book cover.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings striking cover art is another book cover to add to your famous covers list.

While there have been different editions across the years, this cover art goes straight back to the first edition published in 1969 by Random House. And the cover art is just as compelling today as it was back in 1969.


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