Digital artist Henning M. Lederer brings vintage book cover design to life through his ambitious ongoing animation project. The endeavor transforms science-themed textbooks from the mid-20th century and sets them into mesmerizing motion. Their imagery is abstract—comprising mostly of bold colors, geometric shapes, and easily-recognizable symbols—making them the perfect candidate for this type of treatment. Lederer then shifts, fractures, and twists the different compositional elements in both large and small movements; some are subtle while others will immediately capture your eye. Either way, the results will hypnotize you.
Lederer began this creative undertaking in 2015. Back then, he sourced 55 books through the Instagram account @montagueprojects, which curates these striking covers into one scrollable mobile gallery. Building on that impressive start, Lederer has recently finished a series of 36 more books that range from Non-Freudian Personality Theories to Elementary Statistical Methods. Although the subject matter could be described as “dry,” the designs and subsequent animations make them dynamic and exciting.
Scroll down to watch both of Lederer’s handiwork.