The Nabokov Collection: Designers Create 18 Covers in Specimen Boxes

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The Nabokov Collection: Designers Create 18 Covers in Specimen Boxes

Design, nabokov, books

John Gall, art director for Vintage and Anchor Books, simultaneously faced a "dream project" and "the most daunting project of [his] entire life" when Random House asked him to redesign Vladimir Nabokov's 21 book covers. Gall decided to contact a crop of talented designers to create covers within the theme of a specimen box, paying tribute to Nabokov's passion for butterfly collecting. Here are the 18 resulting designs (not sure what happened to the missing three).

Design, nabokov, books
Design, nabokov, books
Design, nabokov, books
Design, nabokov, books
Design, nabokov, books
Design, nabokov, books
Design, nabokov, books
Design, nabokov, books

Designers on the roster: Chip Kidd, Carol Carson, Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin, Megan Wilson and Duncan Hannah, Rodrigo Corral, Martin Venezky, Charles Wilkin, Helen Yentus and Jason Booher, Peter Mendelsund, Sam Potts, Dave Eggers, Paul Sahre, Stephen Doyle, Carin Goldberg, Michael Bierut, Barbara de Wilde, and Marian Bantjes.

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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