Re-envisioning Fahrenheit 451 through Graphic Design

Ordinarily at this time of year, we host an exhibition of work by students enrolled in ART 460, Graphic Design II, created under the instruction of Garland Kirkpatrick, professor of graphic design. Past exhibitions, for example, have included students’ re-interpretation of the LMU Common Book through print and digital posters. In Fall 2020, students once again designed posters in celebration of our freedom to read and national Banned Books Week.

During a virtual visit with students earlier this semester, library events manager Carol Raby discussed the original cover of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” Students also had the opportunity to review and discuss the authorized graphic novel adaptation, all in an effort to provide inspiration for the creation of new covers reflecting the book’s subject matter. We think the wonderful work of our students speaks for itself.

You can view the full exhibition here. [PDF]

According to the American Library Association, “while books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.”