Book Cover: CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

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Created: 02/06/13
Last Edited: 08/12/13
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This is a project for my Graphic Design III class in Old Dominion University. The task was to redesign the book jacket for George Saunders's short story collection, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.
  • The Project
     
    This is a project for Graphic Design III class at Old Dominion University. The task was to redesign the book jacket for George Saunders's short story collection, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.
     
  • The Concept
     
    The collection features stories set in post-apocalyptic America, now overrun by consumerist culture. A theme that resonates throughout the book is how the older generation act without regard for the younger generation; it is the children that suffer the consequences.
     
    I wanted to illustrate the concepts of the unstable foundation that the adults build and the injustice that befall the children. I also want this to reflect the sarcastic humor in Saunders's witty writing. There is this element of play and fun in the style of the cover, though this is a mere facade that hides something much more sinister.
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  • The Process
     
    The playground was modeled using traditional materials, and was photographed at different angles, giving me enough variety to choose from. This was cleaned up and manipulated in Photoshop, with the text typeset in InDesign.

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