I’m thrilled to share a recent book cover series I art directed at Simon and Schuster. It’s always really fun to get to re-imagine a classic and give it a fresh new face—and this one was extra special to me because the Anne of Green Gables series is a personal childhood favorite, as my Grandmother always loved these books.
There’s always countless editions of classics like these, but the Anne books all looked so similar to me—traditional images of Anne with her long red braids. So I knew I wanted to do something very different. I adore the work of Coralie Bickford-Smith (who doesn’t!) and felt super inspired by her fresh designs for the Penguin classics (maybe it’s the Penguin-alum in me!) So, I got to thinking how I could approach this series with something more graphic, but still classic. Then I found the gorgeous work of Julene Harrison , who creates beautiful and detailed papercut illustrations—and I knew this was the solution! I was thrilled that my team at Aladdin books was whole-heartedly behind my pitch for this direction, and I really had a wonderful experience working with Julene on these. Each book in the series will feature specific elements from each story, following Anne’s adventures through the years.
These editions will print both as paperbacks and jacketed hard covers, on uncoated stock with spot UV. These new designs will roll out beginning in early 2014.