For this project I was asked to make a book cover for Catch-22, a satirical book about pilots in World War 2. The book is about the paradoxes of war and derives its name from a clause that states that if a pilot is insane he may be allowed not to fly any more missions, but as soon as he asks not to fly he is showing a fear for his own safety which is a rational thought meaning he is sane and has to fly more missions. This rule sets the tone for the entirety of the book.
Because of the satirical and paradoxical nature of the book I decided to make the cover in a way that it has a different meaning depending on what perspective its viewed from. When it is sitting right side up, it initially looks upside down but in actuality its an image of a plane being bombed. When the book is turned upside down, it is an image of a plane dropping bombs. The spine of the book lets the reader know the correct orientation by having the "This Side Up" symbol. However, in the negative space between the two arrows is another bomb.