Cory Bujnowicz, the winner of The Outsiders Re-Covered Books Contest

Cory Bujnowicz, the winner of The Outsiders Re-Covered Books Contest

The contest to redesign The Outsider proved to be difficult, or at least that’s how it seemed. The task was a bit difficult, not using any sort of typical imagery that you associate with The Outsiders, i.e. a bunch of guys standing around in leather jackets smoking. Using that kind of imagery seemed too easy to me, so I wanted to see something that was a bit outside the box, something that required some creative thinking while still staying true to the feeling of the book.

Of all the entries, I felt that Cory Bujnowicz’s entru was the best. As Kyle put it so well, it almost feels like something Barbara Kruger would make, completely basic in typography but strong in visual elements. As Cory put in his email, “What punk didn’t paint their nails when they were younger?” The colors are also really interesting to me because they’re so, for a lack of a better term, fucked. Putrid greens mixed fluo pink and baby pink text. It’s feels “edgy” but without trying too hard. It really just brings me into the piece and makes me want to stare at it, to try and figure it out.

Congrats Cory, you did an amazing job, I’ll be sending you $100 to Amazon shortly. Check back next Monday when I announce the next Re-Covered Books contest.


3 Comments Cory Bujnowicz, the winner of The Outsiders Re-Covered Books Contest

  1. eva October 12, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    i must admit i don’t know the book, but this cover alone would win me over.

  2. Amanda October 12, 2011 at 5:19 AM

    Maybe it’s been too long since I read the book, but to be honest, I really don’t see the connection between the nail colors and the book itself. The cigarettes I can see, but then the typeface draws me out again because it feels completely unrelated as well. It gives the wrong vibe, in my opinion.

    Granted, this is all my own opinion and not fact, but I feel like a book cover should be the first step in drawing the viewer into the book’s world.

    Sorry, but I just don’t feel this is an effective cover. Excellent, excellent work, but not the Outsiders.

  3. Bobby Solomon October 13, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    @Amanda – I have to disagree you with on this one. The whole reason I chose it was because it was almost contrary to what you think of with the book. Cory’s image evokes an almost punk aesthetic to it, which is honestly kind of what they were. The image idealizes what an “outsider” is, someone who’s odd, who makes you feel uncomfortable. Seems like it’s done it’s job!

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