Vintage Classics has just published a series of classic science fiction novels with newly commissioned 3-D covers. They are available in the UK, and can be ordered internationally from Amazon's UK site. I asked Suzanne Dean, the designer of the series to tell me a bit about the covers. she said:
All the illustrations are commissioned. We briefed each illustrator in exactly the same way, giving them the information they needed to know how to create a 3-D cover image.Each paperback comes with a set of 3-D glasses.
We asked them to think about the colours that don't react when putting on the 3-D specs -- Black and yellow. The image would come towards the viewer or move away from the viewer, depending on whether you placed the red tone to the right or left of the blue tone.
The illustrators had to think about the image, and how it would look to the customer in the shop without them wearing the 3-D glasses, in other words where they would use the yellow and black to produce an attractive image in 2-D.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.