Patterns of Life: iconic science books redesigned

Patterns of Life, series by Patternity

Five of the most celebrated ‘pop-science’ books have had their covers re-imagined to stunning effect. The design studio Patternity teamed up with Vintage Classics on their latest project ‘Patterns of Life’. Focussing on books which explore humanity’s relationship with our planet, Patternity created a series of eye-catching cover designs. 

Titles include Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species and Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens, alongside Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart and William McDonough, Adventures in the Anthropocene by Gaia Vince and Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel. Our bookshop manager Lloyd Sowerbutts talks us through this formative selection.

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Patterns of Life, Patternity x VINTAGE Classics

Adventures in the Anthropocene, Gaia Vince
Gaia’s travels and reportage bring to light the research of humanity’s impact on the environment and the immediate and more long-term solutions being realised, as we irrevocably alter our planet.
The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
A ground-breaking book of research that broke free from the prevailing religious and scientific beliefs of its time to become the cornerstone of evolutionary biology.
Cradle to Cradle, Michael Braungart and William McDonough 
A book reconsidering our attitudes to design and manufacture influenced by the Industrial Revolution. The authors attempt to outline a more sustainable approach benefitting the natural world and humankind.
Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
Informed by the author’s anthropological studies in Papua New Guinea, this influential book argues that geography and not race is responsible for the global disparity in wealth and advancement.
Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari
A global bestseller of recent years that seeks to explain both our presence and mastery of the planet within a brief span of Earth’s history. An engaging book that suggests we are a natural fluke with murderous tendencies.