All Quiet on the Western Front
Type of Work
“Death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it.” - Erich Maria Remarque
A world-wide best seller, Erich Maria Remarque’s brilliant bitter novel takes place during World War I on the German frontlines. As an account of his personal experience in the war, the novel depicts the era's broader disillusion towards the war effort. This jacket composition represents the disorderliness of the war and the tolls it has taken on its soldiers. The designer's use of bold and irregular typography on a vibrant red background indicates the antiwar aesthetic. The detailed illustration in the lower right-hand corner depicts the scared and startled expressions of those involved. Originally published in Germany, this American take on cover design achieves a dramatic representation of this classic work. This particular edition is the perfect example of an early form of simplistic book jacket design.