For this project I was asked to choose a classic children's story or nursery rhyme and create a book cover for it. I chose the nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice", which is about three blind mice that happen to get their tails cut off by "the farmer's wife". To begin with I explored the idea of including severed tails and blood on the book cover, but I soon realized that that might be taking the story a little bit too literally. I therefore tried numerous different ways of using symbols for blindness to represent the mice and help people identify the story by only looking at the cover.
Three Blind Mice
"Three blind mice. Three blind mice.
See how they run. See how they run.
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?."
For this, I decided to use Braille as an allegory for the blind mice. Even though reading Braille is something that is exclusive to humans it communicates blindness as a broader concept, which in this case also encompasses mice. "Mice wearing glasses"-cover
In this concept I used another symbol to represent blindness: namely sunglasses. I drew thew icons for three different iconic shapes of sunglasses and placed them on a simplificed mouse face. I made the text extra small so that people will get a chance to figure the image out before they see the title.http://gustavrehnby.com/project3.html