Books on Books Series: Cover Design

Created: 05/24/11
Last Edited: 02/28/13
This is a series of three related book covers, restricted to only three colors. Designed for a class project.
  • Books on Books, Series of Three
    Student Project
  • This is a book cover design project where the three books were supposed to look related, but each displaying its own look and feel, and the design was limited to three colors. I chose the three books around a single theme: stories where books play an important role in the plot. The three titles ended up being Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, and The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin. To tie them all together I used a related color scheme, the same layout for the back cover and spine, and cover images of black and white photography with spots of bright color.
  • The back covers. Please note, this is a student project and in no way affiliated with Penguin Group (we were required to include a publisher's logo in our design).

  • For Madame Bovary, I cut the name "Bovary" out of rose petals, and photographed them on top of an old romance novel. The aim was to pull in the theme of romance books, but also by cutting the rose petals and showing the jagged edges introduce a slight sense of unease and roughness to the image.
  • For The Telling, I took an image from the storyline, that of the sacred tree with its symbolically dividing tree branches, and wove the words "The Telling" into the crown of the tree. Since this book is about cultural repression, I tried to make the image look like an old faded sign on a brick wall that had faded from neglect and been partially painted over. The author's name was at the bottom center, like the other book covers, to create continuity.
  • A mark for Northanger Abbey that I drew. I ordered a wax seal stamp made with my design, and designed the cover to look like the back of an envelope sent from Northanger Abbey, sealed in wax with this.

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