Published by MacMillan; various artists

Book cover and interior spread (2 facing pages), full color

For the cover, any media or software will do. Title can be handlettered or typeset.

Body copy on interior pages must be typeset. The double page spread will be laid out using Adobe InDesign.

Tell us a story. You’ll choose a story, myth or fable (or in some cases, a book) for which to illustrate the front cover and a chapter opener spread. 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 the pictorial 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.

Your page size should make sense for the targeted age group your story is aimed towards. Rest assured, it will not be 8.5 x 11”. Study existing books. Measure their sizes and make plans accordingly.

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If you choose a story, the chapter opener will be the start of the story. If you choose a chapter 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: chapter title, illuminated initial letter, the first several paragraphs of body copy, fictitious page numbers. Make it look real. The style that you’ve established on the cover will carry through to the interior page(s), both typographically and illustratively. Theme and variation.

You don’t have to work in a retro style. The aesthetic should make sense for your work.

Ambitious students can do a facing page interior illustration or 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.

Sketches due: February 25

Finishes due and critique: March 10