Enjoy books & reading, but have an almost OCD necessity to read newspapers & the acres of supplements that accompany them (at weekends). In a late summer pique of chucking out the cr*p I’ve just thrown out months’ worth of weekend supplements that have been piling up beside the sofa, softly but constantly nagging to be read.
Next: some decent books, with engaging characters, plot-lines & depth; something that’ll stay with me longer than the ephemeral articles & weekly reportage pieces.
Shepard Fairey, a street artist, who increased his public profile with his iconic ‘Hope’ Obama posters during the US elections last year, was commissioned by Penguin to design book covers for two of George Orwell’s classic novels ’1984′ & ‘Animal Farm’. Both are stunning pieces of design & art, & based on this I bought them & sit waiting to be read. Soon; this week, promise.
May seem a shallow move to some, but as a fan of Shepard Fairey’s art & George Orwell’s writing the two together seemed a perfect package.
Would cover art be enough to sway you or am I just a simple mind swayed by pretty colours, the proverbial marketing man’s dream?
Books in this particular example, but the loss of cover art on old album sleeves, or gatefold art, has long been cited as one of the losses with modern music packaging (1st the smaller CD packaging & then just electronically as MP3 files on your computer … though iTunes with their cover-flow capability are trying to re-invent some of the cover-art aesthetics).