After 50 years, ‘Animal Farm’ still has a powerful impact on readers today. Political figures and contexts may be different, but the underlying themes are very much alive: political greed, the abuse and corruption of power, disregard for idealism, exploitation and manipulation through propaganda, deception and fake news. The pig image is inescapable as it forms the basis of the book’s plot and has so many powerful associations which are a key part of the book message.
While exploring the concept for the cover, I discovered the similarity between an apple and the shape of the pig’s nose. The apple as a symbol of the fruit of knowledge, loss of innocence and discovery of evil has very relevant associations with the allegories in the book. Designed for the 2018 Penguin Random House - Student Design briefs (Fiction category).