“Criterion Designs,” an Art Book Collection of Their Most Iconic Covers
In a digital age where physical things like DVDs and CDs look meaningless, the Criterion Collection continues releasing DVDs that are actually worthy of owning, from the carefully curated selection of films to the packaging and special features. But they’re probably best known for their unique commissioned cover art. They turn to illustrators and designers to create stripped down, minimalist versions of their titles, often updating an old, classic title with a more modern “high brow” look. Criterion Designs, a new art book, is a collection of all these classic covers, including supplemental packaging art, never-before-seen sketches, and concept art. From colorful comic book-like sketches for Harold and Maude to gorgeous watercolor paintings for The Lord of the Flies, this coffee table book is something both film and art nerds can enjoy. You can buy a copy or lazily browse through the gallery above.