If you’re an avid reader, you’ve probably come across Penguin Classics books, renowned for their iconic book cover designs synonymous with the brand. These covers are characterized by their recognizable format—a prominent black band at the top and a clean white background featuring the book’s title and author’s name in a bold and elegant typeface. This minimalistic design approach offers a cohesive and instantly identifiable look to their editions that many a book enthusiast has come to love.
One of the hallmark features of Penguin Classics covers is the use of captivating artwork or illustrations that mirror the themes, eras, or cultures depicted in the books. Think serene watercolor landscapes for Jane Austen’s novels, intricate period illustrations for Victorian classics, or modern and abstract designs for contemporary works.
One talented lady decided she wanted her own bookshelves of beautifully bound books, so she learned to create her covers using Penguin Classics as inspiration. And now she teaches it to others with her YouTube videos! In fact, her videos have gone viral on TikTok with over 100k views, and on Instagram, she has gained over 90k followers.
So far, she has re-bound some 40+ covers of her 700+ paperback book collection and has no plans to stop. Watch how she creates her magic here.