Jillian Tamaki, an illustrator/cartoonist who has done all sorts of exciting projects for clients like The New York Times, Esquire, and The New Yorker, has been commissioned to develop these beautiful book covers for Penguin Classics using embroidery. According to Rebecca Greenfield of The Atlantic, Tamaki sketched the illustrations before stitching these designs with a needle and thread, but the final covers will be sculpt-embossed to maintain some of the tactile texture of the original thread designs.
Check out photos of the book covers for Jane Austen’s Emma, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, and Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty on Tamaki’s Sketchblog (click here).
Book design and publication design is one aspect of the Graphic Design program at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Magazine. Check out some of the new portfolios from FIDM’s most recently graduated Graphic Design students, like this one from Brittany Javalera for more examples of book cover inspiration.