Nabakov's Lolita

Vladimir Nabakov’s Lolita has always been one of my favorite novels, so for a personal project I decided to focus on the somewhat troubled evolution of the book’s various cover designs over the course of its publication. I find it interesting that many of the cover designs for Lolita have been blatantly misleading with regard to the content of the book, especially following the release of Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film adaptation. The film had a profound impact on popular culture, giving birth to the “Lolita” archetype, the coquettish young girl so innocent in her sexuality. With this development came a dramatic shift in strategy for the book's cover designs, and my piece serves as a visual timeline to highlight the way the covers moved from the purely typographic into a more image-based realm, often depicting visuals of young women who fit into that Lolita archetype. I wanted to create a study into the responsibility of designer to consumer, exploring the way these designs served to misrepresent the novel by making light of something very dark.