The Great Gatsby Inspires Design

The world of Gatsby is taking the box office by storm, rolling in $51.1 million in its weekend debut. One thing can be certain of the flick that’s directed by Baz Luhrmann and adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic: It’ll be a dazzling feast for the eyes. The art deco decadence found in images surrounding “The Great Gatsby” — both new and old — is flooding the internet space and inspiring some Gatsby-themed design creations. Take a gander at some of these new twists designers are taking with the iconic Gatsby images.

The Heads of State looked to chapter four in particular for inspiration in this four-color, letterpress print of Gatsby-themed business cards.

“Chapter four of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby reads like a VIP guest list of the Jazz Age. Taking inspiration from those pages, this poster is comprised of the business cards and personal stationery of the movers and shakers that attended Gatsby’s parties in the summer of 1922.”

GatsbyBusinessCardsThe Dieline featured Penguin Books’ stunning design of F. Scott Fitzgerald classics, by senior cover designer, Coralie Bickford-Smith.

GatsbyPenguinOr, there are these interpretations of what the book cover design could be of the classic. The first is by Thanh Vu and the second is by Aled Lewis.


aled-lewis-576x761If you have a hard time putting your copy of Gatsby down, why not bring it with you … as a clutch? This Book Clutch Purse is by chicklitdesigns.


Invitations by Ajalon nailed the Gatsby feel with its Chicago design, complete with gold foil.


In 2008, designer Mikey Burton was inspired by classics, like “The Great Gatsby,” and centered his college thesis around reinvigorating the books’ images to attract more young readers. He told HOW that he barely received a passing grade on the assignment. Fortunately, the story continued to unfold as the design community at large recognized Burton’s work. Out of Print clothing brought the project to life in a new was as super cute T-shirts.

Great Gatsby T-shirt


This Gatsby-themed wedding shoot posted on is making us all want to tie the knot again just so that we can have a decadent Gatsby wedding. See more photography by Lauren Scotti and design details by KM Paperie for this fancy soiree.

Gatsby-themed wedding

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