October 3, 2012

Classic book covers redesigned to promote literacy


Thanks to this post on Flavorwire, I found out about an international project to promote literacy through redesigned covers of classic novels. Belgian design firm beshart has launched an effort to raise money for and awareness of the problem of illiteracy by enlisting 100 designers from 28 different countries to create new designs for the 100 greatest novels of all time, as determined by the Observer in a 2003 poll. The collection, titled DoeDeMee, was launched on September 8—International Literacy Day—at Antwerp City Hall.

Some of my favorites are in the slideshow below, and you can check out the full collection at the DoeDeMee website, and buy your favorites for 35€ apiece (about $45).



Nick Davies was a publicist at Melville House.