Shelf Candy Saturday is a meme that celebrates the many times unrecognized, but invaluable hard work of book cover designers. They say never judge a book by its cover, but you know you do!!
So now, run on over to Five Alarm Book Reviews (the creators of this fun meme) and check out more awesome covers!
With the release of the first installment of the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games series, I though it would be a perfect time for me to feature the amazing covers.
I love the simplicity in these covers and that thematically, they tell a story as the series progresses (ending with a feeling of freedom in Mockingjay.) The crop circle graphics in the background of each adds a futuristic vibe.
The mockingjay pin from the cover for The Hunger Games in particular has become iconic. The pin design has been used to market the movie in everything from posters to t-shirts. The artist behind these amazing covers is Tim O'Brien, an Illustration Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (in collaboration with designer Phil Falco.)
|The design for the Hunger Games box set.|
Tim is a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and lectures frequently across the country. If you would like Tim to visit your school or organization, contact Tim via the contact page.
Tim lives in Prospect Park South in Brooklyn New York with his wife, Creative Director at Scholastic, Elizabeth Parisi, and their wonderful son, Cassius.
O'Brien is a diverse artist whose creations include not only books...
|The Delicate Sound of Thunder|
|White House Autumn|
...but also iconic magazine portraits....
...and whimsical advertising campaigns:
Well, that's it for this week (and also the end of Hunger Games Mania until next year...) Be sure to head to Five Alarm Book Reviews (FABR for the cool kids :) ) and see what everyone else is featuring this week!