Penguin’s Street Art Book Cover Designs

Penguin has a history of making reading even more fun with creative book design covers. From their banned book series to cover art by tattoo artists to David Pearson‘s designs for George Orwell’s books (my nerdy heart still loves the “1984” cover), Penguin’s book covers capture the essence of the novel in creative and graphically-appealing ways.


“And the Ass Saw the Angel” by Nick Cave; Artist, ROA

The Street Art series, released in the UK last month, merges street art and literature. This 10 book series features contemporary works with cover art by current street artists, such 45RPM, ROA, and Stephen Powers, to name a few. With Nick Cave‘s “And the Ass Saw the Angel,” and Mohsin Hamid‘s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a international bestseller, these titles have wide appeal, too. These covers add more dimension to the book, and you can almost picture a character from each work painting the cover, spray can in hand.

"Then We Came to the End" by Joshua Ferris Artist ~ 45RPM

“Then We Came to the End” by Joshua Ferris; Artist, 45RPM


"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" by Mohsin Hamid;  Artist, Mittenimwald

“The Reluctant Fundamentalist”
by Mohsin Hamid;
Artist, Mittenimwald

The books are part of a limited-edition paperback series in the UK, but you can read about the books, authors and artists on Penguin’s site. While I may not be able to get my hands on these titles, the bibliophile in me is smiling, imagining that some kids’ reading list just got a whole lot cooler.


lolitaRead even more about book cover designs and learn about how different artists approached creating a cover for the famous literary work, Lolita. The new book, Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl includes the perspective of 80 graphic designers and illustrators who have re-designed Lolita.