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Old Books, New Covers

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  • Old Books, New Covers
    Redesigned covers of classic novels
  • I chose three books by critically-acclaimed authors and redesigned the covers to appeal to the modern era and catch the eye of shoppers online as well as the limited book store.
  •  The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas is really an autobiography of Gertrude Stein herself. She narrates her life through the eyes of Alice, her lifelong partner, focusing on their times in Paris spent socializing with the likes of Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway. The colorful image behind the text is a water color study by Matisse.
  • Big Sur was written by Jack Kerouac later in his life during a time of personal turmoil due to his old age and frustration with the fame brought on by The Open Road. He leaves the city for Big Sur in hopes of reconnecting with nature and refreshing his mind, body, and soul. Unfortunately, the solitude causes him to alcohol and he fights paranoia and depression. The images on the cover are all taken from an old book of photographs taken at Big Sur. I wanted it to be dark to reflect his depressive state.
  • Einstein's Dreams is a fictional depiction of dreams had by Einstein during his most intense research for the theories of time and relativity. I went with a "dreamy" approach with layering the space image with circles. The circles reflect one of the thirty dreams what described time to move in a circular fashion. The bell symbol above the title relates both to the bell ringing in the first chapter as well as the final dreams which likens time to a nightingale trapped in a bell jar.