The Great Novel ReDesign....

The cover for your book is a very important selling tool. You can have a great story to tell, but if the cover fails to draw attention, the book will not sell. All large book publishers and distributors look for an attractive cover and book title. Good designs are what make buyers reach for the product.

One project Graphic Designers love to tackle is a Cover Redesign of a well known story. From Novels to Film, there are many examples of new twists on a familiar idea. Some of them are super simplified, others humorous. Many of them represent the story from a fresh and contemporary point of view, using symbols or elements of the story that instantly connect us. The best ideas are those that are subtle and have that AHA! moment....but all of the examples below exhibit a great sense of design.

Mikey Burton Book Covers

Harry Potter Books redesigned by MS Corley, inspired by iconic designer Saul Bass

Monsters Inc by Tom Whalen







You will redesign the cover of a well known story or novel that you have READ and know well. It can be a book from English class, or something you have read in your own time. It can be a timeless classic or something more contemporary. It should be fairly recognizable and not obscure.

You MUST create 2 sketches BEFORE beginning the project that will be handed in. Each sketch should utilize a different principle of design.

Your design MUST follow one of the principles of design: Emphasis, Rhythm, Balance or Unity.

Your design must be limited in color.

The design must connect us as the viewer to the story through use of symbols, character, location, or plot by using simple imagery. The imagery you use can be "found" imagery that you alter in Illustrator, or the objects can be drawn using the tools within Illustrator. I will demonstrate how to use images from the internet in Illustrator earlier in the project.

You will incorporate texture in your piece, which will be demonstrated through a tutorial.

Text should be used in a manner that is consistent with the style of the cover. The title should be prominent, and the author's name should also be included. A slogan can also be included (as in the Up example.)

The style of the cover should be inspired by an artist that you discover through one of these links, and you will print out the inspiration to hand in:
Illustration styles
Inspiration Journal Links

The final Book Cover size will be 8.5 tall by 5.5 wide in Illustrator.