Look how The Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet, or The Brothers Karamazov would look like if they were written in a time when self-isolation and social distancing were a forced way of living.
The coronavirus pandemic dramatically changes they way we live and work. It forces us to rethink our priorities and plans for the future.
How our world would look like if social distancing replaced social interactions? Dozens of ideas appeared on the web, most of them are clever and funny modifications of well-known visuals: iconic photos or classic paintings.
I asked myself a different question: how would books like if their authors were living in a time when self-isolation and social distancing were something common?
Take a look at some visuals below. Would you imagine Romeo and Juliet stripped from interactions between the main characters? Two separate and, most probably, much more boring worlds instead of one that’s full of tensions and emotions?
When designing the visuals, I realized that they, in fact, help promote reading books. Reach for Romeo and Juliet or The Brothers Karamazov in their original form and enjoy them to the fullest!
Famous books rewritten for a time of social distancing
From a German brand Nachteule comes a clever book light that you attach not to a book but your reading glasses. It’s so light that you can also clip it to your earphones or hair accessories! The built-in battery will let you read 200 pages.
Hands-free pillow stand – great for e-readers and print books
An improved version of a popular Lamicall tablet pillow comes now with a side pocket for a pen or small accessories. The grooves are deep enough to hold a print book. It’s made of durable materials and is available in five fashionable colors.
Ad-man who decided to devote his life to books. Ebook enthusiast, self-published author, and part-time designer. Prefers reading on his iPhone, but when it comes to history books – Piotr always picks print.
This vintage composition notebook design features a unique marbled paper background and a preworn old-school label with a headline VNTG NTBK. Available in several colors for several iPhone models. Explore the collection.
Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford. She sat at a low table staring at a chess board.
‘Nora dear, it’s natural to worry about your future,’ said the librarian, Mrs Elm, her eyes twinkling.
Mrs Elm made her first move. A knight hopping over the neat row of white pawns. ‘Of course, you’re going to be worried about the exams. But you could be anything you want to be, Nora. Think of all that possibility. It’s exciting.’
‘Yes. I suppose it is.’
‘A whole life in front of you.’
‘A whole life.’
‘You could do anything, live anywhere. Somewhere a bit less cold and wet.’
Nora pushed a pawn forward two spaces.
It was hard not to compare Mrs Elm to her mother, who treated Nora like a mistake in need of correction. For instance, when she was a baby her mother had been so worried Nora’s left ear stuck out more than her right that she’d used sticky tape to address the situation, then disguised it beneath a woollen bonnet.
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men,but that men will begin to think like computers.
– Sydney J. Harris –
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Innovative pillow stand for hands-free use
From Lamicall comes a brand-new pillow stand with an “open jaw” design, a stylus holder, and a large pocket for your phone or charger. A perfect tablet or e-reader stand for hands-free use: reading, watching, or video calls.