Here at re:design we heart many things – LEGO blocks, huskies, bacon, The Good Wife, Christmas Eve and I could really go on – but books are definitely in our top three. And now that Valentine’s Day is upon us again we profess our love for literature with a series of (literally) heart-centered covers.
Heart is a fun shape to work with and surprisingly versatile. Each cover uses the shape as the center of the composition around which a symbolic illustration and typography are arranged. The books range from pulp romances through venerable classics to postmodernist experiments but all feature some version of the eternal love theme.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, an ambitious and rather pervy, if read literally, take on love.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, a decidedly unambitious take.
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (a more physiological interpretation of the theme).
Fatalistic view of love and life in The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo.
Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz.
In Search of Lost Time or in love with the past, by Marcel Proust.
Cider House Rules by John Irving.
Ireland by Frank Delaney.
A Good Year by Peter Mayle.
Homer’s Daughter by Robert Graves.
Nana by Emile Zola, a socially critical anti-love story.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Another classic, The Gambler by Dostoyevsky.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, love in Japan.
Title page for Lolita, with the logo for the series.
Series of spines. For typography we chose a combination of Scala and Stag. We picked a limited color palette of reds and grays with some greens and yellows.
The logo of the series, consisting – predictably – of 14 hearts.
And we wish all of you a happy Valentine’s Day (either spent with your beloved person or with your beloved book).