Reading to Inspire Thinking

Russian Lit.

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Year of Completion

Fall 2019

Type of Project

Book Cover Redesign

Category

Typography, Visual Design System

Course Name

GR 619 Type Composition

Instructor

John Nettleton

Objective

The prompt for this project was to redesign a set of three books, with the goal of appealing to an altogether different audience. The challenge was to create these covers with limited imagery—using predominantly type. 

Approach

For this project I chose three short novels by Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. The intention was to create a “starter” kit for a younger audience to read these three great pieces of literature. Russian literature is by no means simple; they are often complicated and dealing with matters of the human soul. Thus, the design alluded to these complicated stories by overlapping lines from each book to create layers and a feeling of entanglement. 

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