Lolita

Designer Ben Wiseman's take on the cover for Nabakov's controversial classic from Lolita: The Story Of A Cover Girl.

Designer Ben Wiseman’s take on the cover for Nabakov’s controversial classic from Lolita: The Story Of A Cover Girl.


I probably shouldn’t admit that I have never read Lolita… I’ve never even seen Kubrick’s movie but having worked for Borders and B&N and a book wholesaler, I’ve seen plenty of covers for this book. Half the time the cover is something approaching soft core porn, the other half… well, from a design standpoint is nothing worth writing home about.

This cover was part of a competition run by architect and blogger, John Bertram, which became a book called Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl. Sixty designers participated in a effort to create a better cover for a story that essentially revolves around the rape of a child. Pretty sensitive material to handle for a designer but a worthy one I think. Besides, at the end of the day, this cover meets my criteria for posting: I like it. I’d pick this up and read the cover and I’ve never had the desire to that for this particular title. Ever.

Better, indeed.

See more about Recovering Lolita here.

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