Re-Covered Books: The Outsiders

Re-Covered Books: The Outsiders

Re-Covered Books: The Outsiders

Re-Covered Books: The Outsiders

Re-Covered Books: The Outsiders

I’m really trying to keep the creativity rolling on the Re-Covered Books contest, and I feel totally pumped by all of the amazing entries from the Jane Eyre competition. This time around we’re taking a different approach, moving away from the Victorian era and into coming-of-age momennt in the 1960s. I’m talking about S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders.

Amazingly, the book was written by Hinton while she was 15, then published when she was only 16. If you’re not familiar the book is about two rival gangs of kids, the Greasers and the Socs, who hate each other for their differences. If you’d like to read more about the book, you can always check out the Wikipedia page. When you look above, you can see the book covers I was able to dig up, and the generally miserable designs they all have. The problem I have is they’re all cliches, and cliches don’t sell books. So here’s what you should do to win this contest.

I want to test your creative limits, so first I’m going to tell you what no to do. I don’t want to see any images of dudes in leather jackets, silhouettes of bros, or a bunch of tough looking guys hanging out, acting… tough. I want you to figure out a creative way of showing that these kids are Outsiders, that they don’t fit in and they’re treated differently because of it. To give you a great example of what I mean, check out the cover that Mikey Burton did. That is design genius on so many levels.

The Outsiders Cover by Mikey Burton

The prize for winning, as always, is $100 to Amazon.

RULES

• Please save your images as JPGs no larger than 800px wide at 72 DPI/RGB mode, there’s no height restrictions (within reason). Feel free to play with the dimensions and have fun with what you make. Making a front and back cover with certainly help your chances, but is not required.

• Label your files “Firstname-Lastname-Outsiders.jpg”

• Send all entries to [email protected] with the subject “Re-Covered Books: The Outsiders“. Cut and paste what I wrote there, it’s super easy and it helps me keep track of your entry.

• All entries are due Saturday, October 1st, 2011 by Midnight, PST.

If there are any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with and be sure to tell your friends/classmates/pets to participate. Good luck and have fun!

See all the entries below.

Dmitry Svoiski's Cover for The Outsiders

Dmitry Svoiski

Brady Moore's Cover for The Outsiders

Brady Moore

Conor Houghton's Cover for The Outsiders

Conor Houghton

Yuliya Uzunova's Cover for The Outsiders

Yuliya Uzunova (Photo by Isidro Vila Verde)

Joe Wilson's cover for The Outsiders

Joe Wilson

Cecilia Montesinos' cover for The Outsiders

Cecilia Montesinos

Enged Sombotsch's cover for The Outsiders

Enged Sombotsch

Kacie Rodriguez's cover for The Outsiders

Kacie Rodriguez

Dan Licht's cover for The Outsiders

Dan Licht

Lizzie May's cover for The Outsiders

Lizzie May's cover for The Outsiders

Lizzie May's cover for The Outsiders

Lizzy May

Patrick O'Leary's cover for The Outsiders

Patrick O’Leary

Matt Bourne's cover for The Outsiders

Matt Bourne's cover for The Outsiders

Matt Bourne

Cat Finnie's cover for The Outsiders

Cat Finnie

Nim Ben-Reuven's cover for The Outsiders

Nim Ben-Reuven

Marcin Dzbanuszek's cover for The Outsiders

Marcin Dzbanuszek's cover for The Outsiders

Marcin Dzbanuszek's cover for The Outsiders

Marcin Dzbanuszek

Michelle Leigh's cover for The Outsiders

Michelle Leigh

Megan Culbertson's cover for The Outsiders

Megan Culbertson's cover for The Outsiders

Megan Culbertson

Cory Bujnowicz's cover for The Outsiders

Cory Bujnowicz

Victoria Fernandez's cover for The Outsiders

Victoria Fernandez

Simon Lindenthaler's cover for The Outsiders

Simon Lindenthaler's cover for The Outsiders

Simon Lindenthaler

Vincent Lin's cover for The Outsiders

Vincent Lin

Mark Grothman's cover for The Outsiders

Mark Grothman

Jens Amende's cover for The Outsiders

Jens Amende's cover for The Outsiders

Jens Amende's cover for The Outsiders

Jens Amende

Mason Plunkett's cover for The Outsiders

Mason Plunkett

Peter van Genderen for The Outsiders

Peter van Genderen for The Outsiders

Peter van Genderen for The Outsiders

Peter van Genderen

Zhuravleva Daria for The Outsiders

Zhuravleva Daria

Mary Hawkins For The Outsiders

Mary Hawkins

Matt Wrightson For The Outsiders

Matt Wrightson

Christopher Swift For The Outsiders

Christopher Swift

Derek Heath For The Outsiders

Kevin Allen Jr For The Outsiders

Kevin Allen Jr

Sarah Vanbelle For The Outsiders

Sarah Vanbelle For The Outsiders

Sarah Vanbelle

Cynthia Passanante For The Outsiders

Cynthia Passanante For The Outsiders

Cynthia Passanante For The Outsiders

Cynthia Passanante

Julie Tvaruzek For The Outsiders

Julie Tvaruzek For The Outsiders

Julie Tvaruzek For The Outsiders

Julie Tvaruzek

Tiago Hillesheim For The Outsiders

Tiago Hillesheim

Frank van Klink For The Outsiders

Frank van Klink

Elliot Salazar For The Outsiders

Elliot Salazar For The Outsiders

Elliot Salazar For The Outsiders

Elliot Salazar

Armando Godinez For The Outsiders

Armando Godinez

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