Saturday, 18 September 2010

Book Cover Design

Back in January we were briefed to design some book covers which gave me the chance to get to grips with Indesign and to use it in conjunction with Photoshop and Illustrator.

Coming up with something original for the classic 'The War of the Worlds' was a little tricky as it has been redesigned many times over the years, but my love of the book won out and I was determined to find a unique way to do it justice without taking the figurative approach, hence the creepy and menacing 'red weed'.

'Lust' is a relentlessly brutal novel about marital rape. In an attempt to convey the explicit sexual violence within the pages, much of which takes place in the bathroom, I played around with some props (a slab of raw meat, feathers, underwear, broken necklace) and snapped away with my camera. The final image was selected as a strong representation of abuse, the feathers connoting the female in the confines of such a relationship as a trapped bird.

Returning to Victorian classics I decided to take on 'Frankenstein'. This one only took a few minutes to design with a few deft swipes of my scalpel.

Penguin's best-selling novel of all time turned out to be my most simple yet effective design and actually originates from a small junk shop find. The eye expresses the air of tension and underlying fear which runs throughout the story.