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Don DeLillo covers by Noma Bar

Books, Illustration

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 15 March 2011, 11:45    Permalink    Comments (17)

Headphones? Gravestone? Musical note, or open door? Noma Bar brings his clever double take imagery to the latest editions of Don DeLillo's work from Picador...

The new covers were art directed by It's Nice That who approached Bar, represented by Dutch Uncle, to work with them on the project.

"It seemed obvious that the subtlety and craft in Noma's work was the perfect vehicle to try and communicate DeLillo's intricate and often sinister subjects," they write on the Picador blog. "We had interviewed Noma for a previous issue of our publication and were waiting for the right project to work with him on, and the DeLillo re-issues could not have fit more perfectly."

"My challenge was to create a range of ten books by Don DeLillo, a summary of more than 30 years of his writing," Noma Bar explains. "After a long process that involved reading, researching and sketching, I started to pull out some of the main elements of each story and tried to understand how Don DeLillo tailored them together. The result is a bold image for each cover that looks conventional at first, but at second glimpse reveals the whole story."

The new editions are out now. See


Love these.
Ross Pichler
2011-03-15 12:05:53

great stuff - homage to Saul Bass
2011-03-15 12:58:35

Nice work! Must look good as series - I wonder what the spines look like?
2011-03-15 14:04:21

Noma you've done it again. Cover for Falling Man and Underworld much respect.
Karl Foster
2011-03-15 14:19:55

Can anyone shed some light on the running dog cover? I don't get it. love the others though
2011-03-15 14:21:10

Cant really touch the Mao II Cover I guess...good choice not to mess with it
2011-03-15 14:46:40

In regards to the Running Dog cover: the film strip is the Hitler home movie that everyone is after in the book, and it's also Hitler's mustache. Step back from the work, and the covers dissolves into an abstract icon of Hitler.
Mark Sample
2011-03-15 14:51:16

Lovely brief to get - or should I say 'nice'
Chris Hannah
2011-03-15 15:12:30

Mark, I see it. Wow... Noma. You're on fire! Really inspiring work!
2011-03-15 15:18:54

cheers Mark, I knew nothing about the book, now its strikingly obvious. I need to read more
2011-03-15 16:01:08

Great work, will make striking additions to anyones bookshelf. Falling man is superb.
Greig Anderson
2011-03-15 19:15:58

2011-03-15 21:04:45

Simple, elegant and playful!
Amy Fox
2011-03-16 12:27:31

The Falling man I absolutely love the cover is just fantastic does it continue on the back & whatabout the spine, also like GJS.
2011-03-16 16:05:05

Great stuff, makes my eyes shinny :)
Graphic Design Manchester
2011-03-16 21:06:26

Okay, someone explain the deeper meaning of the Underworld cover to me, please. Also, I'm not completely clear on the Falling Man one, although I like it.
2011-03-20 19:55:03

Love Don DeLillo. Find Falling Man cover rather offensive. Those were after all real people falling through the sky that day, not just items for a Saul Bass homage intended for commercial purposes.
2011-04-06 21:06:24

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