Collins Fashionable Classics is giving some well-liked books a brand new look
Titles like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah and Naomi Klein's No Logo are included in the series, which promises to bring together some of the greatest books of recent times
These new editions give popular titles a new range of covers, wrap them in two-tone palettes, and include graphics inspired by the content of each title.
Jo Thompson, assistant art director at 4th Estate and William Collins, said the art department had been hired to create jackets that had nothing to do with other classic book editions, but were timeless enough to stand out from current trends.
Starting from her love of typography, Jackson began to play around with designs that used giant lettering and decorative fonts along with graphic images or photos. The real breakthrough for the design came when she moved the authors' names off the center of the cover and to one side – so that the type and image could do the heavy lifting. A pressure grain filter has also been applied to the graphics to add extra texture.
Each book has its own color palette, with Jung Chang's Wild Swans in mint green and neon red and Jeffrey Eugenides & # 39; The Virgin Suicides in forest green and gum pink.
"One of the most important things we wanted to do was open these books to people who hadn't read them before," Jackson told CR. "For older books, we wanted to breathe new life into them with a cover that was livelier and more modern than previous classics."
The series will start on May 13th with eight titles. More will follow. harpercollins.co.uk