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    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest cover design with 4 internal images.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 
Book cover design with internal images
Full hand screen printed final images taken from original photo's on Cannon 1000D SLR camera.

A strong concept of 'breaking the system' was visible throughout this project. An idea, which was conceived through noticing the definite and monotonous pattern, that took place in the novel by Ken Kesey. The inmates would religiously follow a daily routine of getting up, taking medication, eating, playing cards, taking medication, eating, group therapy, eating, taking medication etc. Until McMurphy becomes present and his massive influence disrupts the whole flow of the perfectly oiled machine that had been previously ticking on day by day.

The cover shows this concept but also displays a key scene in the novel in which all the patients take their medication, but McMurphy refuses, thus the beginning of his influence.

The internal illustrations also follow this concept and show a monotonous pattern, with one drastically different image with a hint of bright red symbolising McMurphy's influence. All screen printed on news print, an aged effect was created which echo's the era in which the novel is set - the late 1950's.

The design was submitted to Penguin Books for a competition.

Penguin Design Award 2012

Editorial illustrations for the book, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.
The screen-printed and highly processed final images reflect the protagonist McMurphy
and his refusal to abide to a strict predetermined regime - thus breaking the system.