The 1949 first edition cover of George Orwell’s 1984.
However, in today’s era of redaction and surveillance, the 2013 design is the most intriguing.
This brilliant, censorial approach to Orwell’s dystopian classic – referencing the rewriting of history carried out by the novel’s Ministry of Truth – wasn’t easy to achieve.
“It’s obviously the risk-taker of the series,” says Pearson, “and I can be very grateful to Jim Stoddart, Penguin Press’ art director, for safeguarding its progress in-house. It takes a fair bit of confidence to push something like this through and I can only assume that Jim had to deal with the odd wobble.”
Pearson says that the design went through numerous iterations “to establish just the right amount of print obliteration. Eventually we settled on printing and debossing, as per the Great Ideas series [Why I Write shown, above], with the difference being that the title and author name were then blocked out using matt black foil. This had the effect of partially flattening the debossed letters, leaving just enough of a dent for the title to be determined – though I can’t vouch for it’s success on Amazon.” link