Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Hitchhiker's Guide Covers.

In my pathetic excuse for a heart, I hold a tremendous fondness for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Like, I'd get into it, but it's truly embarrassing how much I love this stuff. Y'know... Turning point in my childhood. If you haven't read the series before, I urge you to pick up the first book (it's the best).

Even as a kid, I felt that the Hitchhiker's Guide books deserved more than the goofy-cheesy cover treatments they often received (heh, I threw away the dust jacket on my all-in-one volume because the naked book was better). So, for our latest Typography class assignment to redesign book covers, I chose the first three in the series. I wanted something fun and subtly retro but also sophisticated. Some progress was tracked on Twitter, if you care.


  1. Agreed. The green planet sticking out his tongue was always silly to me. Your covers convey the massive epic scale the books always held for me.

  2. This is pretty cool, you've got a flare for this kind of stuff(obviously, heh), I wish I could do something similar.

    I really love this cover though, definitely something I'd pick up if I saw it in a store.

  3. awesome! It'd be hard to forget how horrible the original covers are... But these covers would make picking up my favorite book that much better!

  4. those are brilliant! they look really professional. maybe you could try pitching it to a publishing company to take on your design..?? I don't know how feasible that is, but it'd be worth looking into... Or maybe you could just sell your own jackets for the book to people who are pissed off with how cheesetastic their version look. hah!
    my dad keeps telling me to pick up the books and that I'd love them (and he's usually spot on with these things) so I think I probably should. recently on my course we've had a similar assignment to redesign 8 penguin books. cohesive, solid designs like these that just work are very inspiring, but the whole prospect of getting it all to fit so well is a little daunting.. Especially when doing a series - what works for one doesn't always work for the rest and all that.. In any case, I love what you've done with your covers. I'd definitely pick them up if only for their jackets.