INITIAL IDEAS/ PROTOTYPE
Originally I wanted to create a cover design which embodied the title within the imagery. So I began to think about textures, and atmospheres (like cloudy skies and stoney grounds) where I could weave the text in the shapes. However my attempts at illustrating this were unsuccessful. I think photography would have worked much better in portraying these ideas.
When revisiting the stories again, I found a piece of imagery which describes a 7 year old girl holding a shoe box with a dying bird inside. I wanted to capture this in an illustrative and contmeporary way, whilst keeping it serious and dark.
I experimented a little between type and hand lettering to accompany the image. However (even though it took me days to get the hand lettering right) it prooved to be more effective against the inky drawing. Also type didn’t seem to work with the spaces the image, where as hand lettering could flow with the spaces. Perhaps in hinedsight I should have considered the text whilst considering my image design. I then continued this style in the book, by using the same lettering to headline each story.
As a book design I think it works well. However I don’t think it’s the right design/representation of the inside text. Peer feedback suggested that it is too colourful and childlike. I agree with this to some extent, though I don’t necessarily think that a dark story needs to be portrayed with dark colours. I think the cover design is a bit too contemporary for ‘modern fiction’ genre: It would best suit a graphic novel or something for a younger audience.