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The Beauty of Books – Final Cover

It feels a long time since my first post about this project which I am going to say is because I was spending time on the project rather than blogging about it. This is a good thing as I usually procrastinate by blogging rather than doing work but I have learnt to force myself to get into work even when I don’t feel like it, not that it was needed for this project so much. I really enjoyed this project!

My approach to the series design was to keep it simple and constrained. I worshipped the grid system, trying to align everything perfectly.

I did struggle to choose a colour theme. I tried different colours for different symbolisms: light pink(female), magenta(passion), lilac(suffragettes and feminism), red(anger) but went with red in the end because I thought the girly colours were not representative of the tone of the book. My choice of a typographic approach with a symbol incorporated would be able to be transferred to other utopian titles to form ‘The Utopian Series’. I chose Futura as the typeface because it is pointy and sharp like the novel’s tone and its O is a circle which helped the female gender symbol to be slotted within the text… and because it’s modern, angular and I just like it. 🙂

By rotating the title, the design is referring to being on the ‘edge’ and adding a dynamic feel, different from the usual, horizontal text.

I tried to keep my cover minimalist, clean and tidy with a lot of space. Some might say it’s a boring cover for a book with a lot of graphic imagery but I wanted to create something clever rather than busy, and hope that the design is understood as that.

For the inside pages (I realise you can’t see the outline of the pages, so you will have to use your imagination, sorry!) I continued with simplistic approach…

… with small details continued – the female gender symbol in the chapter title (which would only feature in the chapters that have a O in of course!).

What do you think?


Before                                                               After

Which do you prefer? I had some positive feedback from classmates, but haven’t had my mark back yet so hoping for the best 🙂
I have to wait at least 2 weeks until I will get my official mark so plenty of time for any opinions from you!


  • lestaret

    26/04/2011 at 11:49 pm

    I think you know what I would think…

    • graphiquefantastique

      27/04/2011 at 1:06 am

      Trust you to be awkward! haha If only I could read minds… I think we learn that in 2nd year?! 🙂 What is your opinion?

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  • lestaret

    06/05/2011 at 10:54 pm

    Honestly? I like it – it sits very comfortably within my swiss style sensibilities, but it makes the book lokk a little too much like a serious academic tome, or a textbook, rather than a work of speculative utopian fiction.

    Whilst I understand the adoption of a controlled, fascistic graphic style to visually describe the almost brutal context from which the story originates – there is a lack of reference to the mental illness which gives the story its relevence.

    It looks good, but the use of the female symbol (cleverly incorporated into the type) dominates the visual communication – behind this cover this book could be a feminist manifesto from eastern europe.

    Sorry to give you a serious crit at this point, but I hope that you appreciate my honesty.

    Good luck!

    • graphiquefantastique

      14/05/2011 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks Chris! Indeed, I do appreciate your honesty.
      I hadn’t noticed the link to Swiss design before but now you said it…!
      Yeah I agree, I could have been a bit more experimental (some of my other ideas were) and this is something I discussed with Tim in my review yesterday – I’m going to work on that for second year!
      I managed to bag a 1st for it though, so I am a VERY happy bunny!
      Keep commenting on my work please 🙂

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