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Tell us a story. You’ll have chosen a story (or in some cases, a book) for which to illustrate the front cover and a chapter opener. Consider the cover a mini-poster. You will have display type (the title), secondary type (the author) and a dominant image, the illustration. The jacket should grab the eye from a distance and be fully legible from up close. For the Comm Design majors for whom illustration is not a well-developed skill, you can have that element recede and make your type dominant. If you’re choosing a fairy tale, title it as such: “Rapunzel and other stories” with the main story title emphasized.

If you choose a story, the chapter opener will be the start of the story. If you choose a book, choose which chapter. You don’t need to make your interior page design look Victorian but you will include some of the conventions of Victorian design: title, illuminated initial letter, and the first several paragraphs of body copy. Your style that you’ve established on the cover will carry through to the interior page(s), both typographically and illustratively. Theme and variation. I’m very excited to see ways in which you can take formulaic graphic traditions and modernize them, make them your own.

In class, hand me a copy of the story or chapter (digitally via email or a photocopy) and have many thumbnails for your cover design and interior page. Ambitious students can do a facing page illustration or design, or do a wrap jacket with spine and back, but don’t weaken the whole project by having too many parts; do extra work only if you have time to do it all well.

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