Don’t Look Now But There’s A Whale Coming Out Of Your Book

This series of beautiful bookmarks, inspired by classic literature, may make you want to pick up Moby-Dick again.


Forget dog-earing pages–every great book deserves a custom bookmark tailored to its story. These swoon-worthy place keepers from Turkish designer and illustrator Ethem Onur Bilgiç allow the tale to truly pop out at the reader.


The carefully illustrated bookmarks are a tribute to the four classics that inspired them: 1984, Moby-Dick, The Call of Cthulu and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

A surveillance camera rises out of Orwell’s political dystopia. A monster tentacle curls up from Cthulu’s pages. Melville’s titular whale seems ready to tail-slap at any moment. The periscope of the Nautilis emerges from the depths of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

Image: Ethem Onur Bilgiç / Fikr’et

These make shelling out for a separate bookmark for each book seem totally reasonable, and they may even encourage people to keep trucking through Moby-Dick’s many pages of whaling facts.

It’d be great to see what Bilgiç could do with less lofty material, too. The sea-monsters-and-surveillance aesthetic the designer has nailed seems ripe for so many contemporary novels. A touch of Katniss, perhaps?

[Hat tip: DesignTAXI]

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Shaunacy Ferro is a Brooklyn-based writer covering architecture, urban design and the sciences. She's on a lifelong quest for the perfect donut