Christopher Porter wins the Romeo and Juliet Re-Covered Books contest

Christopher Porter's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Christopher Porter's cover for Romeo and Juliet

Christopher Porter's cover for Romeo and Juliet

After a slew of beautiful entries, I’ve chosen my winner for the Romeo and Juliet Re-Covered Books contest – Christopher Porter. Chris is a designer from Falmouth, Cornwall who wanted to create something contemporary:

I’ve tried to go with a direction that would appeal to younger generations, the Irvine Welsh generation, the sort of people who are more than likely to judge a book by it’s cover.

I think he’s done exactly that. I like his cover for a few reasons – typography, color palette and choice of image. As with a lot of entries, typography, or the lack there of, tends to be a major problem. Chris uses only two typefaces, both of which are appropriately used. The script used for William Shakespeare is so damn beautiful and gives his name such life, it’s a perfect application.

As for the imagery, I love this old photo he found of a dead couple. What I find most interesting is that they aren’t perfect of beautiful, they’re real people. They might not be the correct age, but I think that’s ok. I’m sure we’ve all felt that yearning for true love at many stages in our lives, and this reflects that in some ways. I also love the addition of “Love Is Toxic”, which makes me think of Britney Spears, and I’m guessing others would as well. Overall this one felt the strongest, especially because he created a whole package to show the full idea. Well done Christopher!

Check back in the new year for our next contest, and if you have any suggestions for books you’d like to see, please put them in the comments.


10 Comments Christopher Porter wins the Romeo and Juliet Re-Covered Books contest

  1. Jeremy December 14, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Have you done the bible yet?

  2. Chris December 15, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    I’ve seen the film.

  3. Erin December 15, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    The “William Shakespeare” font is called JaneAusten.

  4. Tom Froese December 15, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Have you done The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe yet?

  5. Poppy December 16, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    AMAZING!!! long live FALMOUTH! I’ve been sat in cornwall reading this blog for the last two years, never thought I’d see a fellow falmouther on here so glad someones found this tiny creative hub of a community

  6. Lorraine December 25, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    My votes for next book: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Picture of Dorian Gray. Both favorites and could both get some interesting results.

    Love what you do.

  7. Christopher Porter January 3, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Thank you Bobby! Really proud to have won! Will you email me?

    Maybe some Stephen King for next time? That could get some interesting results…

    Poppy, hooray for Falmouth!

  8. Dave January 3, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    I think it could be interesting to have a short story collection perhaps? Maybe something like one of the Sherlock Holmes short story collections. Or even just one of the Sherlock Holmes novels!

  9. rich arnold January 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    WHOA spoiler alert!

  10. henry January 11, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    let’s do “laughter in the dark” by vladimir nabokov

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