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"Between The World and Me" Hand-Lettered Book Cover

GAID Typography Project 2: 
"Between The World And Me" Book Cover 
This project was for my junior year Typography class where we were tasked to create a book cover using different typographic practices. For my project, I chose hand lettering and created a cover for "Between The World and Me"
In the initial sketching process, I cycled through a few options but ended up wanting to pursue "Between The World and Me". As a black male, that book spoke the most to me at the time that I read it (in high school) and I felt most passionate about pursuing a book that I could personally relate to.  
As I began creating the cover, I wanted to really display the psychological horror that is implanted within a black child as they reach cognitive age. I wanted to display the horrific realities that we are forced into at the ripe ages of childhood. 

On the front cover, I chose to display it as a child's drawing; something you'd put on the fridge that's novel and simple yet contains horrific and mature content. 
 For the back cover, I wanted to display the multiple realities and sayings that are thrown at black children once they reach cognitive age by drawing them in a frenzied, inconsistent manner. The piece on the far right (a hand lettering piece I did back in 2018), was direct inspiration for the back cover. 
After this initial crit, I then begun narrowing in on the design and really displaying a more frenzied look to the book covers 

From here, they continued to evolve and integrate more of the "corporate" details into their design (bar code, author name, etc) 
Thus, we reached the final design
"Between The World and Me" Hand-Lettered Book Cover
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"Between The World and Me" Hand-Lettered Book Cover

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