The Power of Harmony

Its always a challenge trying to find the perfect cover image. At times a designer would need to be resourceful and create their own composition.

The Power of Harmony is a perfect example of this and it never cease to amaze me how well this works.

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The story talks about two girls coming together as friends. They face different challenges through the school year and discovers a very unique bonding with each other.

I used the two stock images and combined them together to create a new image. A filter was used to portray a vintage/old school vibe, paired with a hand written style typeface that reflects a more personal touch.

If you are interested in purchase the book. Click here (amazon.com)

Cheers.

 

A Reliquary and Other Poems

Since we were on the topic of typography, it got me all excited and wanted to share more pieces that I have designed that was soley based on type. This book here is a collection of poems by Daryl Hine. This was his last book and I wanted to give it a superior type treatment.

This composition is basically graphic design 101. I used many different types of contrast ranging from size, texture, colour and movement. Since its Daryl’s last book, his name has to be more dominant and bold but contemporary.

The title is what captures me the most because there is a high level of contrast being presented here. They’re colour, san serif/serif type and size. To top it off I gave it movement, starting from the left and leading all the way to the right. The whole title flows very well.

But like all designs, I felt that I could have done better due to the fact that the cover stock is textured. Thus the black text disappears a little bit, you need to see it with detail in order to read the beautiful set type.

If you are interested in purchasing this book click here (Amazon).

As a bonus, here are some initial ideas that I had for the book that did not make it. Which one do you like?

Cheers

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Dumb Luck

The best days are snow days because books become your automatic best friends. And today is one of those days. The whole publishing house was sent home due to extreme weather conditions. As I sit here panting and wondering what I should do with my afternoon, I figured, this is a good place to start.

This was one of my first books that I had to design where I was the model on the front cover. Even though there isn’t much to see, it was still a good one. The story begins with a boy falling off a tree. He gets sent to the hospital for treatment and is told that he is lucky to be alive, like they all say. He buys the lottery and wins a ton of money. Through this, he goes through a lot of phases of who is his real friends and who just wants to be friends with him for his money.

The composition here is basically design 101. The idea of having certain elements from the book (boy, tree and lottery) and pasting it on a canvas to create a directional story. The upside down tree represents falling and confusion. The boy is dumb founded about where his life is going and to make matters worst, the lottery ticket represents obstruction. The direction starts from the top of the tree then leads the eyes down the book for the rest of the elements.

The interior stays consistent and remains clean for the eye of the beholder. Dumb Luck is one of the stronger novels in the Red Deer Press book list and continues to be a time less design. 

You can purchase Dumb Luck by clicking here (Amazon).

Bye, Bye, Butterflies

Ever since I was a kid, I have always said that picture books are the easiest books to read. Till this day, I still feel the same but designing them is a whole different story. This was one of my first picture books and certainly not the last one of its kind.

I love the fun illustrations and the engaging story about how butterflies come to be.

When I first laid my eyes on the artwork and rendering, it gave me a very comfortable vibe. The chosen palette of colours was so vivid and soft. The drawings were very unique and fresh. What it was missing was interactive typography.

The interior stays true to the cover artwork and has an abundance of playful characters. I designed the story in a way that compliments each illustration, making it more fluent and adventurous!

The most challenging part was designing the activity at the back of the book. Children would get a chance to educate themselves and share fun filled games with friends. It was challenging because there was so much information to micro manage and I needed it to be clean and informative.

If you are interested in buying the book. Click here (Amazon).