BLOGMAS #9 | ‘Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover’

Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

Hello Lovelies! 

Today I thought I would share with you another designy kind of post, since my last one was one of my most popular posts and I am SO PROUD. Thank you so much πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 

‘Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover’ I really do wish this quote was true, but I think everyone does decide whether they want to read a book based on the cover! It can’t be helped, but I also can’t complain because it gives us graphic designers a challenge, and I do love a good creative challenge!

This book cover was in response to a brief in my first year of university, so it is quite old now and my skills have improved soooooo much. But I got a first for this, it is a piece I’m really happy with, so thought I would show it to the lovely blogging world!

ALSO. This might not be the most interesting post, but if you would like read why I chose this design for my book cover, please do read on… If not, just have a little look at the picture! (It is probably a bit of a ramble ramble post… I won’t take offence, promise!)

I am also currently participating in the Penguin Book Design Adult Awards this year. The book this year is ‘Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit’ by Jeanette Winterson. I am still in the reading stage but will hopefully be full of ideas soon! If you haven’t heard of this competition before, and are a UK uni design student, do go check it out, it is a FREE amazing opportunity, as well as being fun, and an excellent piece for the portfolio. You have until the 11th March 2015! – 

ANYWAY… back to the post. The University brief was to create a book cover for a collection of stories by Hans Christian Andersen. We were given three stories that we were allowed to base our response on. They were:

– The Little Match Girl

– The Red Shows

– The Emperor’s New Clothes

*By the way, I’m not sure this book actually exists, but it might*

The Idea:

The concept behind my book cover design arose from the insight during the story of The Little Match Girl, where it was apparent that the poor girl was suffering abuse and child labour. The fear she felt going home to her father without the matches being sold, was the reason she died in the cold that night. 

With this in mind, I had a think about objects that could relate to the child’s soul. It had to be a soft and delicate object to represent her. I felt a flower did this justice because flowers are considered to be feminine. With the flower being white, other connotations were made, with white representing purity, such as the deflowering of innocence. This can be justified towards the child abuse, perhaps sexual abuse occurred also. My interpretation for the cover was to abuse the flower through burning it until the flower died. It provides symbolism for the matches she persistently tried to sell.

So, that is the idea behind my design decisions!

Thanks for reading, lovelies! Good Luck if you are participating in the Penguin Design Awards!

I will try and make the writing part a bit more interesting tomorrow! But I hope you like my book cover design πŸ™‚

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