Leanne Shapton’s patterns for Jane Austen

US illustrator and writer Leanne Shapton has designed a series of patterned covers for new editions of Jane Austen’s six novels, published this week by Vintage Classics

US illustrator and writer Leanne Shapton has designed a series of patterned covers for new editions of Jane Austen’s six novels, published this week by Vintage Classics…

Shapton created a bespoke pattern for each cover which sits behind a handwritten label. “The nice thing about patterns is that they can evoke a certain mood or tone, but also be neutral,” says Shapton on Vintage’s CMYK design blog.

“I loved creating a consistent handwritten label style for the six books and then thinking of which patterns might obliquely suit the titles. I think the patterns we chose quietly compliment and correspond to the stories. My favorite is Mansfield Park.”

With many contemporary publishers still determined to add extra subtitles, quotes, even stickers, to perfectly well-designed covers, it’s great to see a set with no visual interference – just great imagery and in-keeping typography.

The Vintage Classics Austen Series consists of Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. They are available now (£7.99). See vintage-books.co.uk.

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