Client: College initiated project
Service: Publication Graphic Design
Brief: This project was designed for Penguin House’s Student Design Awards. I had to design a new cover for a book from either the adult non-fiction, adult fiction or the children’s category. I chose to design the cover for the children’s book Goodnight Mister Tom. The design had to be striking and to encourage children to pick up the book. It had to be imaginative and original and stand out in a sea of other childrens books.
My process: I knew straight away that I wanted to design the cover for the children’s category, as I know the book very well and both the book and the TV adaptation is an all-time favourite of mine. My initial thoughts was to stay away from the overused covers that already exist which contains the cliché silhouettes of the main characters and war planes. I decided I wanted to create a cover that had more of a mature look, to complement the themes within the book.
I wanted to create something that would represent how shy, scared and uneducated Willie was when he was first evacuated to the country and how he blossomed when he stayed with Tom. I decided to replicate this through the use of old photographs and letters. This was to show the letters he sent home to his mum in London.
I scanned in a series of old family photographs dating back to World War II. I also scanned in some tea dyed paper to replicate an old worn paper stock. I used a fountain pen and ink and wrote out a letter Tom wrote to Willie’s mum on his behalf and I used a pencil and wrote Willie with my non-dominant hand to show how uneducated Willie was when he first arrived with Tom.