The Catcher in the Rye Book Cover Concepts

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14 Catcher in the Rye Cover Concepts from Around the World

After J. D. Salinger’s death in 2010, Steven Heller gathered a selection of The Catcher in the Rye book covers and shared his experience with the ever-alluring and controversial coming-of-age story.

Today, 66 years after Little, Brown and Company published the first edition with E. Michael Mitchell’s illustration, students from all over are still being asked to redesign the cover as an assignment. And, as Heller puts it, “it’s always interesting to see how young students interpret this venerable book of teenage angst.”

To celebrate The Catcher in the Rye’s birthday, we’ve gathered book cover concepts from students and professionals around the world. Enjoy.

1. Alize Gökaltay, Designer in Istanbul, Turkey

Catcher in the Rye


2. Anita Bartolini, Visual Designer in Buenoa Aires, Argentina

Catcher in the Rye


3. Anja Rullestad, Graphic Designer in Haugesund, Norway

Catcher in the Rye


4. Cara O’Donnell, Graphic Design Student in Toronto, Ontario

“I chose to recreate the cover of The Catcher In The Rye. My intentions were to depict Holden Caulfield’s feeling of isolation from not being noticed, along with his characteristics such as chain smoking and his notable red hunting hat.”


5. Cassandra Martinez, Student in Austin, TX

Catcher in the Rye


6. Edgar Rios, Communication Design Student at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX

Catcher in the Rye



7. Emma Warren, Freelance Art Director at Unified / Wild Type Creative in New York, NY

Catcher in the Rye

“This project was made for my Senior Thesis class. I am very interested in movies so I wanted to do something involving that. I decided to take a book that hasn’t been made into a movie yet and I redesigned the book cover to match the movie poster I made.”


8. Garrett Nevin, Graphic Design Student in Myrtle Beach, SC

Catcher in the Rye


9. Iva Jericevic, Art Director, Graphic Design & Illustrator in Toronto, Ontario

Catcher in the Rye


10. Jack Perry, Illustrator & Designer in New York, NY and San Francisco, CA

Catcher in the Rye

“All my typography is hand done, custom designed to integrate with the artwork. My process begins with painting and printmaking, creating original art alive with texture and color. I then bring these images into Photoshop where they can be cut, collaged and played with. I try to maintain the hand-made tactile quality of my paintings and original prints while working digitally.”


11. Kendrah Smith, Illustration & Design in Providence, RI

Catcher in the Rye


12. Marcela Cebrowski, Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA

Catcher in the Rye


13. Paige Steiert, Visual Art Education Student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS

Catcher in the Rye


14. Sarah Brody, Graphic Designer and Illustrator in New York, NY

Catcher in the Rye

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