Archive for November, 2009

Book cover latest

Posted in University projects on November 24, 2009 by gogoalexgo

I am trying to combine the text with the collage of Japanese katakana and kanji. I Think that in the second image the smooth curves of the title clash a bit too much with the chopped up Japanese characters. Also with this idea there is no where to put the authors name. I prefer the top image becuase it has space to put all the information that I need to on the cover and combines the kanij/katakana and book title quite well without clashing. This is not the final thing I need to experiment with layout a bit more, and also do teh back and side of the book. Plenty to be getting on with.

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Possible text

Posted in University projects on November 24, 2009 by gogoalexgo

I tried to create an abstract smokey feel with the hand drawn swirly things because the main character smokes alot to distract himself from things. The original font was Myriad Bold. Now it may look like the swirls are a rip off of Si Scotts work . . . and so what if they are! Also the background illustration from the red and green Relentless cans served as inspiration for this.

I am not sure if this will pass as being typographic. Maybe the swirls count as an image, making this unusable. I hope not.

Latest visual from book cover project

Posted in University projects on November 23, 2009 by gogoalexgo

I tried to give a feeling of the chaos and confusion the main character feels in Tokyo by jumbling up lots of different kanji and katakana so that you cannot really read each individual one. I put the image onto a concrete wall to push the urban setting (a photo of a wall not a real wall). I also made them fade downwards to represent the main characters constant drifting into imaginary worlds and alternate realities. I have yet to put the title and author on here as you can see. Still need to experiment and figure out what font I will use etc. for those things. Work in progress.

number9dream

Posted in University projects on November 18, 2009 by gogoalexgo

Here is a collage of various kanji and katakana (Japanese letters and words) which may serve as a background for my book cover maybe.

Work in progress, this is just one idea.

The Language of Mountains is Rain

Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2009 by gogoalexgo

What does this mean? Is it from anywhere other than the title of chapter eight of number9dream? Can anyone help me out

Book Jacket Project

Posted in University projects on November 13, 2009 by gogoalexgo

I had trouble choosing a book to do a cover for because there were a few that I thought would be good to do. My first thought was to do the book ‘We’ by Yevgeny Zamyatin mainly because I was so impressed by the cover on the Vintage Classics edition when I first read it that it immediately sprung to mind when we were given the book jacket project. This cover perfectly encapsulates the authoritarian and highly structured society of the dystopian world in the novel only through the use of typography. The letters W and E have been converted into an abstract shape used to represent the themes of the novel.

A full breakdown of just how well this cover fits the ideas and feel of the novel could be the subject of a whole essay so I will not go into it right now. My copy of the book is at home in Southampton right now so I have copied an image of the cover from the internet: here it is:

weDesigner unkown: I will try and find out who did this and update

However I decided not to design a cover for We because this one already does all the things we were asked to do in the brief. After discounting We I was left with two books to decide between; ‘Blindness’ by José Saramago and ‘number9dream’ by David Mitchell (not the guy from Peep Show). In ‘ blindness’ an unnamed city suffers an epidemic of contagious blindness that covers everyones vision with a  sea of milky whiteness. This spreads to everyone apart from the protagonist who has to guide a small group of companions through a crumbling society. ‘number9dream’ follows 19 year old Eiji Miyake on his quest to find his father in modern day Tokyo. The book deals with themes of escapism as the normal narrative of the story is interrupted regularly by alternate realities, flights of Eijis imagination, diary entries from WWII and excerpts from a childrens novel. The book has cyberpunk elements alongside political crime thriller, surreal passages and deals with isolation and family drama amongst other things.

The themes of the breakdown of civilisation combined with blindness could make for a very interseting typographic piece however I decided to do my book cover design for ‘number9dream’ because it would allow me to experiment with Japanese writing which is something I have not done before and could be very interesting, also the idea of being engulfed in a huge city such as Tokyo could be fun to explore typographically.

BKA logotype

Posted in University projects on November 4, 2009 by gogoalexgo

Here is my final logo. The logo itself is the eagle body with the eye for a head, and the name Bundeskriminalamt over the top of it. The sunburst effect and words at the bottom are not part of the logo. The text at the bottom hopefully says “We are watching you” in German but it may well be wrong because I used a free internet translating site to make the translation. One can only hope.

I tried to create a sense of police state fear by hinting at the style of communist propaganda posters to create a sense of uneasiness about the BKA. The poster and logo also have a 1984 feel about them due to the staring watching eye, similar to the ‘Big Brother is watching you’ posters in the book. This poster is closer in purpose to ‘Big Brother is Watching You’ than to a propganda poster becasue it is not actually trying to get you to do something, it is merely designed to put the fear in you and make you think twice before speaking out against my imagined police state of Germany.

BKA eagle eye sunburst poster small

Here is the logo fresh from Illustrator before any editing in Photoshop. I used the symbol of the eagle to reflect the German theme and the eye to represent surviellence, knowledge and power. This is complemented by the unnattural size of the eye compared with the eagle body which creates a sense of unease and adds an edge of mystery to the organisation. The symbol of the solitary open eye is also linked to the Illuminati conspiracy theory and the many revolving around the Freemasons (you know, the pyramid and eye on the American dollar bill, eye of horus and all that jazz) which makes it appropriate for creating a sense of fear and is appropriate as the BKA are very secretive and do actually communicate (or CONSPIRE!?!) with intelligence networks from other countries.

BKA eyebird2 - final logo

I experimented with the colours of the German flag to make it obvious to people that organisation of shadowy doings and mystery was German rather than American or something but it did not quite work. The combination of red, yellow and black already has very strong asociations with Spain and Spanish speaking Latin America and also the Soviet Union and Peoples Republic of China. Yes, I know a minute ago I was trying to recreate the whole Communist propaganda effect and while the red-yellow-black colour scheme would compliment this it would give the police state vibe I was trying to create too much of a Communist feel. The German police state I have imagined is right wing so overt Communist imagery would not be appropriate . . . okay I know what you are thinking: right wing German police state – it can only be the Nazis. Why didn’t I do a logo fictional logo for the BKA when they where under the command of the SS? Well I didn’t really want to create a logo promoting an actual real organisation that did such terrible things and also I used Nazi imagery in the vote against racism thing in the last project – see below.  SO there where a few reason I didn’t go down the Nazi era BKA route.

I will not put up all my development work on here, it would be too long and tedious a process. This is the end of my project, all there is to do now is stick it all in my sktchbook and annotate it.

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