Ali Johnson and Jim Quail of Liverpool-based design studio Dorothy had a hit with their music-based graphics, which recast seminal alternative, psychedelic, electronic, and post-punk albums as oversized postage stamps.
Now, they’ve turned their attention and knack for highly condensed visual responses to the realms of literature.
Their Modern Classics collection, above, synthesizes 42 titles into something emblematic and essential.
How many have you read?
How many would you be able to identify based on image alone?
Elsewhere, the visual representations create connections that may take readers by surprise.
According to Johnson, she and Quail, avid readers both, fell out several times over which titles to include (and, by extension, exclude).
English teachers at middle and high school level will rejoice at the number of syllabus favorites that made the cut.
Potential stamp-themed creative assignments abound.
Why not the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg?
Or one of those beautiful shirts?
Then make your own stamp!
Students are far less likely to be conversant in the 42 earlier works comprising Dorothy’s literary Classics stamps, though musical and movie adaptations of Little Women, Dracula, and Les Miserables should provide a toehold.
(Back in our pre-digital youth, Cliff’s Notes were the preferred Philistine option…)
Dorothy’s stamp prints of Classics and Modern Classics are available for purchase on their website.