Sergio Serrano, Winner of Re-Covered Books: ‘Jane Eyre’

Sergio Serrano's Cover for Jane Eyre

I want you to come up with something that’s new and contemporary, something that will grab the attention of a person walking by but that still stays true to the spirit of the book. Don’t do anything retro, a Penguin throwback or anything of the sort. I want to see new, fresh ideas.

Those were the requirements I laid out for the Jane Eyre Re-Covered Contest. In my opinion there’s already enough retro-inspired designs out there, so I wanted to see something new and fresh, bringing a new life to an old story. The contest entries this time around were fantastic. I narrowed down the entries I thought were best, and ended up with nine. NINE! So narrowing that group down to one was not an easy feat. Going over the entries though, there was one that felt like something fresh new, and that was from Sergio Serrano.

Sergio’s entry perfectly nails the idea of contemporary visuals for a classic tale. The visual elements that make up the cover are beautifully orchestrated, the half of a woman’s face, the spooky house with the sky overlaid and the nebulous black shape containing the book’s title. The muted color palette is perfect, and the pop of red really grabs your eye and brings you to the book title. Overall though it’s extremely simplistic and not overly showy, just a haunting, restrained beauty that makes you want to pick this book up.

A huge congrats to Sergio for winning and a big thanks to all who entered. We’ll be announcing a new Re-Covered Books contest tomorrow I think, so be sure to get your ideas flowing. Kyle picked Jane Eyre and you all loved that one, so I think I’ll let him pick again.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

September 6, 2011 / By

Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre

Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre

Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre

Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre

Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre

A new week, a new Re-Covered Books contest. I’m going to do better about keeping this contest active and moving since so many of you truly seem to enjoy it. This time around I’ve decided to go away from my natural nerdy, boy aesthetic and open up to some older, more feminine literature. Kyle and I were speaking about what book to re-cover this time around, and he thought Jane Eyre would be a good idea. Honestly, I have to say I’ve never read Jane Eyre before, it’s not exactly my style, but I can certainly appreciate it for it’s proto-feminism and Gothic themes.

To do a bit of preparation I read the Jane Eyre Wikipedia page several times, and this bit was super interesting to the nerdy, boy part of me.

Jane Eyre uses many motifs from Gothic fiction, such as the Gothic manor (Thornfield), the Byronic hero (Mr. Rochester) and The Madwoman in the Attic (Bertha), whom Jane perceives as resembling “the foul German spectre—the Vampyre” (Chapter XXV) and who attacks her own brother in a distinctly vampiric way: “She sucked the blood: she said she’d drain my heart” (Chapter XX). The mystery of Thornfield manor with its dark secrets creates a typically Gothic atmosphere of suspense. When resolved, we then get the theme of madness, also common in Gothic fiction, as is the motif of two characters, John Reed and Bertha Mason, who commit suicide. Although the novel contains no overt supernatural occurrences, hints of apparently supernatural happenings are frequently mentioned such as Jane’s prophetic dreams, her sense of the ghost of her uncle, or the lightning striking the oak tree on the night she agrees to marry Mr. Rochester.

Here’s what I’d like to see. Something that doesn’t look anything like what you see in the examples above. I want you to come up with something that’s new and contemporary, something that will grab the attention of a person walking by but that still stays true to the spirit of the book. Don’t do anything retro, a Penguin throwback or anything of the sort. I want to see new, fresh ideas. The winner of this month’s Re-Covered Books contest will win $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-jane-eyre.jpg”

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

• All entries are due September 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!

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Bobby Solomon

August 15, 2011 / By

Justin Mezell, Winner of Re-Covered Books: ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’

Justin Mezell, Winner of Re-Covered Books: 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'

I’ve been really excited and proud by the outpouring of amazing entries for the Re-Covered Books contest featuring Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. I need to give a huge thanks to the mant talented artists, designers and creatives that decided to enter into the contest. That said, there can only be one winner, and that honor goes to Justin Mezell.

I was most impressed with Justin’s work because of the unique look and style of his entry. At the bottom there’s what looks like to me like one of the androids eyes, and wired up to that is a tiny core that contains a little sheep. Okay, I think it could have possibly been better without the inclusion sheep, but at least it was tastefully done. I also felt like the color combination of orange, blue, charcoal and creme were well picked and complimented each other nicely. The other big factor that really works for me was Justin’s consideration of the typography for the title. There were a lot of entries that didn’t really do a great job on the type, that was a deal breaker for me, but his use of Univers was a nice change from all the Futura. Not hating on Futura, but in a field of a whole lot of Futura, this stands out quite a bit. Justin did a great job of thinking his entry all the way through, and I think he’s totally deserving of being a winner.

Yet again, a big thanks to Justin and all the other creatives who entered. I’ll be sure to announce the next Re-Covered Books contest next week, so be sure to get ready. If you have any suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments section.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

August 9, 2011 / By

Re-Covered Books: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Re-Covered Books: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Well, it’s been a few months since our last Re-Covered Books contest, so I figured it was time we get back to creating some awesome work, don’t you think? I decided that I wanted to pick a book that was newer, something that could really inspire a lot of bold ideas and not be marred with clichés. Browsing through our library at the TFIB HQ I came across a copy of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and realized that’s exactly what I was looking for.

It’s important to remember that this was the book that inspired Blade Runner, the emphasis here is on the word inspired. That means I don’t want to see any Harrison Ford looking guys on your covers, or anything that’s borrowed from Blade Runner. Try and use your imagination and come up with some crazy, sci-fi imagery.

The winner of this month’s Re-Covered Books contest will win $100 to Amazon.

• 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.

• Send all entries to [email protected] with the subject “Re-Covered Books: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?“. Just cut and paste what I wrote there, it’s super easy and it helps me keep track of your entry.

• All entries are due August 6th, 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!

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Bobby Solomon

July 13, 2011 / By

Re-Covered Books ‘Odyssey’ Winner, Ellis Latham-Brown

Ellis Latham-Brown, Re-Covered Books 'Odyssey' Winner

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It’s been a few weeks since the Re-Covered Books Odyssey contest finished, so it’s high time that we announced the winner. Yet again, there were some really great entries, and some that were a bit lacking. But I was really impressed with one design in particular, that of Seattle designer Ellis Latham-Brown.

I chose Ellis’ because I felt like it spoke to just the right audience, a kid in high school. I first read the Odyssey when I was in high school, which in my mind sounded like such an amazing adventure. And I feel like the cover that Ellis created definitely alludes to a lot of that without being too vague or overly descriptive. You’ve got the idea of Odysseus, a hero with a sword, a cyclops, looming in the horizon, the lightning bolts of Zeus and Odysseus’ home far away in the distance. The style in which he created the cover is also feels contemporary, like something you could see on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

Another aspect to his winning was what he chose not to do. There were a lot of entries that really struck upon a lot of the stereotypes around a cover like this, things like oceans, boats, eyeballs and generic Grecian stuff. In my mind, that’s not really thinking outside of the box. And not to single anyone out, but please don’t ever send me a fake Penguin book cover. It’s an already overused design gimmick and you’ll never win a contest on this site by using such a tired cliché.

So for Ellis’ great work he’ll be receiving a $100 gift card thingy to Amazon.com as well a secret prize, limited edition Mcbess watch from the folks over at Vannen. They sent me one a while back and I’ve been wearing it a lot and getting a ton of comments on it. A big thanks to Dave at Vannen for hooking us up!

McBess Watch by Vannen

Check back next week when we announce… something. It could be a new Re-Covered project, or something new, or maybe even both? Either way, it’ll be something fun and get your creative juices going. A huge thanks to everyone who entered in the last contest, be sure to tell your friends about the next one.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 2, 2011 / By

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