Burn After Reading: A Curiously Combustible Book Design for Fahrenheit 451

Elizabeth Perez's concept cover

Art director/graphic designer Elizabeth Perez's concept book design for Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is ironic and incendiary—and yes, pretty cool. Reactionaries have been waiting, unironically, for this kind of forward design thinking for centuries. Here's what Perez had to say about her design when she posted it back in February:

Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a dystopian future where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them. The story is about suppressing ideas, and about how television destroys interest in reading literature. I wanted to spread the book-burning message to the book itself. The book's spine is screen-printed with a matchbook striking paper surface, so the book itself can be burned.

She talks about it more in this blog post. Via PSFK.


Client: The Austin Creative Department

Creative Director: Will Chau

Art Director/Designer: Elizabeth Perez