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Perhaps you’ve read or seen this ominous line before: We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.

Yeah, it is from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

As you may remember, the book chronicled the Inner Party’s thirst for power and control over the lives of those from the Outer Party. One way they would maintain this control was by surveilling practically every aspect of the Outer Party. Who would be doing this surveilling? Big Brother.

Well, that’s a lot to say through the design of a book cover. Perhaps that’s why the publishers settled on the following:

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This is the British first edition cover. Of course, 1984 seemed lightyears away when the book was published in 1949.

Now, compare this cover with a modern interpretation by Austrian designer Adronauts:

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Sweet. It’s simple and clean and conveys the overarching theme perfectly. Hey, somebody is watching you.

Yeah, this is more true today than ever.

Okay, take a look at Columbine.

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This book chronicles one of the worst massacres in U.S. history. Note how the use of “white space” captures the mood. There is the high school where the killings took place and the Title.

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