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Animal Farm by George Orwell, Penguin edition

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jan 13th, 2014. Artwork published in .
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    Source: http://creativereview.co.uk License: All Rights Reserved.

    In a previous post about another British book cover from 2013, I wrote: “What looks like a custom dry brush letter­ing job at first glance has actu­ally star­ted out with type.” The very same is true for this cover by David Pearson. Here, the basis was the Brush Extreme style of B-Movie Retro.

    This script typeface by Die Typonauten is “a typographic homage to horror films from the 1930s and 1940s, featuring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and others; films about vampires, monsters from the swamp, and creepy mummies.” — Peter Reichard

    For this use, the letterforms were heavily customized. Not only were they considerably condensed; the tailed ‘l’ was replaced with the straight ‘I’, ‘A’ got a longer crossbar, and ‘F’ was completely reimagined.

    Animal Farm was first published in 1945 and made into an animated film a decade later.
    See the first US edition here and more from Penguin’s Great Orwell series on Creative Review.

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