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)

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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?

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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).

Carbon Rush

Every designer’s dream is to do good work and of course, design for a special cause. I have finally been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of something awesome. What is this book about?

I quote from The Carbon Rush website:

Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil.

What do these projects have in common? They are all receiving carbon credits for offsetting pollution created somewhere else. But what impact are these offsets having? Are they actually reducing emissions? And what about the people and the communities where these projects have been set up?

THE CARBON RUSH takes us around the world to meet the people most impacted. They are the least heard in the cacophony surrounding in this emerging “green-gold” multi-billion dollar carbon industry.

The aim for this design was to portray a greedy, harsh environment and industrial feel. It was achieved with the help of textured typography, married with a splash of envy green.

The interior of this book carries a lot of high resolution images that can be recognized from the film, making it an interesting and easy read. Typography dominates in areas where points of interest arises and is almost the bench mark of all chapter headings.

You can purchase The Carbon Rush here at Amazon.com

What do you think of the book? Let me know and leave a comment below.

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Born Ugly

Born Ugly was my first book that I have ever designed. As I review and share this book with you, I have to admit it was a time of exploration I was still new to the book design genre and explored many different possible ideas.

Still to this day, I refer back to this cover design because of the powerful, simplicity and effective nature of it. This young adult novel talks about a teenage girl who gets bullied at school, she experiences verbal abuse and loneliness. All of these emotional states will drive anyone up the wall and force you to hide herself from the world.

With the story line in mind, this gave me a perfect opportunity to utilize the idea of The Ring girl imagery. Having lots of hair draped in front of her face. I topped it off with a layer of funky looking typography. This not only showed how she wanted to disappear from everything but it also portrayed her as a very insecure school girl.

The spine of my book is always one of my favourite parts. I feel that it should always stand out from the front and the back because this is the part of the book that viewers see first depending on how the book is shelved.

And it’s always nice to see your own name in your work. Remember to always give credit where credit is due.

If you are interested in purchasing this book click here.

So You Want to Write a Children’s Book

This book was one of my first published designs from Red Deer Press. I was very excited when I first got the project because it was targeted towards a more mature audience. Thus, my aim was to design a book that focused solely on typography.

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The cover design was challenging. I have to constantly ask myself, what image or composition would represent all the children’s books out there without making it look amateur.

I went through several design concepts that involved vector drawings of kids playing in a playground, coupled with beautiful san serif type. Then I had the idea of dissecting typography and identifying each detail of the letter as a term in the english language.

All of this was very complicated, I decided to go back to the basics and think about what really makes a children’s book. Then it came to me, magic was the solution.

I drew up some sketches and came up with the idea of having an open book, flaring out stars or magic dust. My inspiration came from the endless Disney movies that I watched when I was a kid.

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The interior I felt was a breeze, it contained a lot of quotes and short lists of information. This gave me an excellent excuse to use my pull quote designs to give it a clean approach.

I have many books to share with you, so please check back next week.
Cheers.