Typography Tuesdays: “New Covers for Old Books” by illustrator/graphic designer Mikey Burton

Contrary to the popular anthem, graphic designers reserve the right to judge a book by its cover- don’t you think? This thesis project, New Covers for Old Books by graphic designer/illustrator Mikey Burton, earned our respect with illustrative reinterpretations of classic covers.

Burton, who has been recognized by Communication Arts, Print, HOW, CMYK and most recently by the Art Directors Club as a distinguished ADC Young Gun, designed the covers to appeal to a junior-high-school student. He includes an integrated branding campaign, and also offers the designs as T-Shirts through Out of Print Clothing.

Between Burton’s design experience as a founding partner design firm, Little Jacket, and a designer at branding agency, 160 over 90, his portfolio includes clients like The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, GOOD, Wired Magazine (US, UK, and Italy), Ogilvy, Arnold Worldwide, Facebook, Wilco, Jen Bekman Projects, House of Blues, MTV2, Comedy Central, Sundance Channel, Spoon, Redbox, and Yahoo!.

Every design piece reflects Burton’s illustrative skills and his passion for letterpress as expressed in an interview with Print.

Check out New Covers for Old Books below, and more of Burton’s visually inspiring projects at http://mikeyburton.com.

Classic book covers posters by Mikey Burton

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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