Design covers and interiors for a set of three Jane Austen books.
Jane Austen is my absolute favorite author. She wrote about heroines whose modern ideals completely defied all tradition at the time in the Romantic era. I wanted to explore the juxtaposition between her character’s beliefs and society’s beliefs by combining two unexpected visuals and started playing with collaging things to see what kind of tension could be created. Her characters also grow within the story to become the full-fledged heroines. I was drawn to use the same image, just with rearranged code, because I wanted to show the transition from fitting the mold of the classic to her modern “digital glitch” version. I used Gotham and Didot.
The project initially started in John Gall’s book cover design class. Then when my portfolio teacher, Carin Goldberg, saw what I was working on she encouraged me to keep pushing and perfecting and playing with the idea. So I kept working to design the full jackets, slip case, interiors and an accompanying motion graphics piece. The two teachers often had opposite feedback, which helped me refine the project and hone in on the details. Professor Goldberg’s reaction to the final result was fantastic.