For this project we are working along with penguins book annal cover design challenge, We are meant to pick from three books (To Kill a Mockingbird, In Cold Blood and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4.) and design a new book cover for them.
I have decided to pick To Kill A Mockingbird, as it’s a book a book I have already read and know the source material very well. And know how deep and varied the themes are. By already reading the book and watching the film (what is very close to the source material) I know already a few lanes that I can take my cover – Of course I’ll also re-read the book and look online for some more themes that I can use in the cover.
Penguin has given us a brief to follow – and some advice that will make our covers more appealing for their judges, what you can read below:
We would like you to design a new and classic cover for this book. The trick here will be to come at it from a fresh perspective and to avoid repeating the obvious iconography from the many previous editions in print. If you can get your hands on a copy of the book in order to get a sense of the beautiful writing, this will only help to inspire your design. The cover should feel timeless and confident, and appeal to a whole new generation of readers.
We are looking for a striking cover design that is well executed, has an imaginative concept and clearly places the book for its market. While all elements of the jacket need to work together as a cohesive whole, remember that the front cover must be effective on its own and be eye-catching within a crowded bookshop setting. It also needs to be able to work on screen for digital retailers such as Amazon.