Re-Covered Books: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Re-Covered Books: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

This month we wanted to do something a little more open, and a little more special. To make things more open we decided that we’d tackle Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s classic tale. I’m fairly certain that most people on the planet are familiar with the story of a pair of star crossed lovers separated by their families disdain for each other. The story has been covered, parodied and rethought countless times, so now it’s your turn to rethink the cover for the book.

As far as I can tell, the cover has never really been done well. Take a look at these results from Amazon and you’ll see what I mean, scary stuff. So here’s your challenge. Create a cover for the book that feels new and exciting, that would grab people’s attention and make them want to buy the book. Here’s the catch though, you only have two weeks to complete the contest.

Here’s where the special part comes in. As per our usual $100 Amazon gift card, you’ll also get the super rad Nooka Zub Zen-V in black. Since the holidays are coming up soon I thought providing a little something extra might be rad, either an early present for yourself or someone you love.

The Nooka Zub Zen-V

RULES

• Please save your images as JPGs no larger than 800px wide at 72 DPI/RGB mode, there’s no height restrictions (within reason). Feel free to play with the dimensions and have fun with what you make. Making a front and back cover with certainly help your chances, but is not required.

• Label your files “Firstname-Lastname-Romeo-Juliet-Cover.jpg”

• Send all entries to contest@thefoxisblack.com with the subject “Re-Covered Books: Romeo and Juliet“. Cut and paste what I wrote there, it’s super easy and it helps me keep track of your entry.

• All entries are due Monday, December 12, 2011 by Midnight, PST.

If there are any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with and be sure to tell your friends/classmates/pets to participate. Good luck and have fun!

Christopher Porter's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Christopher Porter's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Christopher Porter's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Christopher Porter

Simon Lindenthaler's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Simon Lindenthaler

Heather Shaw's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Heather Shaw's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Heather Shaw

Blake Rambo's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Blake Rambo's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Blake Rambo

Margaret Park's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Margaret Park's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Margaret Park's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Margaret Park

Taylor Myers's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Taylor Myers's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Taylor Myers

Fabiano Vincenzi's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Fabiano Vincenzi

Conor Bateman's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Conor Bateman

Gregory Siegal's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Gregory Siegal

Fabiola Mejia's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Fabiola Mejia's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Fabiola Mejia's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Fabiola Mejia

Chris Viel's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Chris Viel's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Chris Viel

Jeff Johnson's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Jeff Johnson

Cameron Stevens' cover for Romeo and Juliet

Cameron Stevens

Paul Bartlett's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Paul Bartlett

Agn? Matulionyt?'s cover for Romeo and Juliet

Agn? Matulionyt?'s cover for Romeo and Juliet

Agn? Matulionyt?

Corinne Francilus's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Corinne Francilus

Gregory Sujowski's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Gregory Sujowski's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Gregory Sujowski's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Gregory Sujowski

Tatiana Alisova's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Tatiana Alisova

Jeremy Hogg's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Jeremy Hogg's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Jeremy Hogg

Kalista Campbell's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Kalista Campbell

Mark Grothman's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Mark Grothman's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Mark Grothman

Adam Stevens' cover for Romeo and Juliet

Adam Stevens' cover for Romeo and Juliet

Adam Stevens' cover for Romeo and Juliet

Adam Stevens

Ádám Sándor's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Ádám Sándor's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Ádám Sándor's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Ádám Sándor's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Ádám Sándor

Chris Scott's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Chris Scott's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Chris Scott

Louise Norman's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Louise Norman's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Louise Norman

Francisco Hernandez's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Francisco Hernandez's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Francisco Hernandez's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Francisco Hernandez's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Francisco Hernandez

Chase Kunz's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Chase Kunz

Will Quirk's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Will Quirk's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Will Quirk

Jaclyn Threadgill's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Jaclyn Threadgill

Alberto Reginato's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Alberto Reginato's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Alberto Reginato

Lexie Harvey's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Lexie Harvey's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Lexie Harvey

Lorenzo Coscia's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Lorenzo Coscia

Davide Tomatis' cover for Romeo and Juliet

Davide Tomatis' cover for Romeo and Juliet

Davide Tomatis

Gregory Sujowski's Cover For Romeo And Juliet

Gregory Sujowski's Cover For Romeo And Juliet

Gregory Sujowski

Charis Poon's Cover For Romeo And Juliet

Charis Poon's Cover For Romeo And Juliet

Charis Poon's Cover For Romeo And Juliet

Charis Poon

Leo Otegui's cover for Romeo And Juliet

Leo Otegui's cover for Romeo And Juliet

Leo Otegui

Jeremy Hughes' Cover For Romeo And Juliet

Jeremy Hughes

Taryn Hart's cover for Romeo And Juliet

Taryn Hart

Alberto Reginato's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Alberto Reginato's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Alberto Reginato

Thanh Vu's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Thanh Vu's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Thanh Vu

Kennen Mulverhill's cover for Romeo And Juliet

Kennen Mulverhill

Nim Ben-Reuven's cover for Romeo And Juliet

Nim Ben-Reuven

Oscar Socorro's Cover For Romeo And Juliet

Oscar Socorro's Cover For Romeo And Juliet

Oscar Socorro

Jon Scott's cover for Romeo And Juliet

Jon Scott

Simon Lalonde Boisvert's cover for Romeo And Juliet

Simon Lalonde Boisvert

Aria Finkelstein and Virginia Byers' cover for Romeo And Juliet

Aria Finkelstein and Virginia Byers' cover for Romeo And Juliet

Aria Finkelstein and Virginia Byers' cover for Romeo And Juliet

Aria Finkelstein

Virginia Byers's cover for Romeo And Juliet

Virginia Byers's cover for Romeo And Juliet

Virginia Byers's cover for Romeo And Juliet

Virginia Byers

Mary Hawkins' cover for Romeo And Juliet

Mary Hawkins

Katie Yuen's cover for Romeo And Juliet

Katie Yuen

35 Comments Re-Covered Books: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

  1. Anne Emberline November 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Ug, no kidding on those Amazon results. Pretty ugly stuff there!

  2. Hazel November 28, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Can we submit more than one entry?

  3. Bobby SolomonBobby Solomon November 29, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    @Hazel – Yes, submit as many as you like.

  4. Rebecca T November 29, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    I think the deadline’s wrong – the 12th is a Monday.

    That watch is a beauty!

  5. Simon November 30, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    Margaret Park’s cover is just wonderfully clever. Love it!

  6. margaret November 30, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    @simon i’m blushing. thanks! :)

  7. Michael December 5, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    I like Jeff Johnson’s the best because it actually makes me want to read the story again.. Great work!

  8. Kate F. December 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    I love what Jeff Johnson did with the ampersand…very clever!

  9. Zayne December 5, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    I didn’t think there were guns in the original play? I could be wrong though.

  10. Ninja December 6, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Jeff Johnson’s poster with the ampersand as part of the words is brilliant! Also, love the color scheme!

  11. A December 6, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    I adore Margaret Park’s! It tells you so much about the story without ruining the end (even though we all know how it ends, it’s nice if there’s the illusion of surprise). That’s the one I’d pick up!

  12. Will December 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    I am most intrigued by Chris Veil’s and Greg Siegals. They are representative of the story, and aren’t trying to be oh-so-cute. Siegal’s color choices are sublime.

  13. Michael Selevan December 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    I like Gregory Siegal’s rendition! I like that it doesn’t give anything about the story away but does contain key elements of the play. The dark red tone also goes well. I have always associated a shade of red with this amazing play. I also really like the slanted bar code on the back. Something that I dont normally notice on products but it definitely caught my eye. Well Done!!!

  14. Josh Turner December 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Christopher Porter’s is my favourite. Just a beautiful image.

  15. Simon December 11, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Lots of great entries added now, but I think my favourite might be Tatiana Alisova’s one! Lovely illustration work – very dynamic.

  16. Chris December 12, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Cameron Steven’s entry frightened me a little.

  17. Geoff December 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Yes, Cameron Stevens’s is a little creepy, but I would want to pick it up and read what it’s about. Great entries!

  18. Phillip Elie December 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Paul Bartlett: I absolutely love your submission. The concept and the small, nuanced details come together very well. I am always a fan of a fine art sensibility coming through in design.

    Tatiana Alisova: Your submission is also wonderful. The illustration of Romeo and Juliet being dwarfed in between the warring families, as well as the textures and choice of typography, merge into a very effective book cover.

    Well done all!

  19. Taylor Myers December 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    I really love Chase Kunz’s entry! The textures are fantastic and my eyes just travel around the page so easily! Great work everyone!

  20. Marek December 13, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    I dig the uniqueness of Margaret Park’s entry and I’m inspired by Jaclyn Threadgill’s heavily illustrated cover!

    Great work to everyone who participated.

  21. Tim December 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Great stuff overall!

    Christopher Porter are Tatiana Alisova are my favorites.

    Both are intriguing and in keeping with the original story.

    I’m over gun imagery in general, but it certainly doesn’t work here. That could work for a re-imagined Baz Lurhman movie poster, but not the original play in book form.

  22. nick December 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    My top three. . really like the illustration style in the first one. “star crossed lovers” as a theme, done correctly, can work well I think.

    1.Jaclyn Threadgill
    2.Aria Finkelstein
    3.Jeremy Hughes

  23. Jaclyn December 13, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Thanks Marek!

    There’s so much good stuff… I particularly like the pieces by Margaret Park, Tatiana Alisova, Thanh Vu, Simon Lalonde Boisvert and Nim Ben-Reuven!

  24. Emilie December 14, 2011 at 5:22 AM

    These are amazing! I love, love how inspired some people are. These entries are truly creative and very entertaining to discover.
    Just thought I’d mention too that I was very excited about the re-covered The Outsiders because I adore that book… It was very moving to see other people let out their interpretation through art.

    Thanks for these Bobby (TFIB)!

  25. Justin Stevenson December 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Wow. The creativity here is extraordinary. I absolutely love the colors and layout of Chris Viel’s cover. The abstract nature of Blake Rambo’s cover is also quite an eye-catcher, not to mention a great interpretation of the duo’s romance.

  26. Aria Finkelstein December 15, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Thanks Nick!

    I love Agne Matulionyte’s.

  27. Mushi December 18, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Threadgill (fav), Siegal, and Bartlett (and, I’ll even give the shout to Hogg), for book jackets to a dusty old classic take would make me pick it up again (and, probably raise the eyebrow of a commuting on-looker, as well).

  28. Micky December 21, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Margaret …WOW! Just love this!

  29. Briana January 4, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    could you add personal links to the entries in the future, some of these are really awesome.

  30. Chloe January 18, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Francisco Hernandez and Oscar Socorro; beautiful work.

    Alberto Reginato; Kudos on the Radiohead quote :)

  31. Bojana January 22, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    Funny how I always used to visit this website for the wallpapers. This post blew me away today. Thanks for being so inspirational.

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