The book I chose is the graphic novel V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd. I chose this book because I wanted to design something simple looking but really captured symbolism and themes from the story very subtly. It’s also one of my favorite stories, as I enjoy dystopian fiction. Below is a summary from Amazon.
A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet.
In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts. It’s a gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil.
I started with the V because that was what I wanted to be the most graphic piece of the front cover. I chose the font Anton for the V and transformed it to be much wider. I used the clipping mask feature to add the Guy Fawkes mask, which is the most well-known symbol in the book, into the V, with the split going right in the center of the mask to resemble the divide between fascism and anarchism that is the main theme of the story.I added a red stroke to the V so it would show up against the black background.
The “For Vendetta” font is BalboaPlus Fill (available in the Adobe Typekit) in white and lowered the opacity to 95% so it wouldn’t be as bright white but still having contrast. The author and tagline are BalboaPlus Inline with the authors in white and the tagline in red. I wanted to bring in the red more to differentiate the title and authors from the tagline.
For a comparison, the left is the original front cover next to my redesigned cover.
For the back cover, I wanted to have an additional piece of imagery, so I used a rose on the bottom as if it was laid there, much like how V lies a rose on his victims. The image I used for the rose had a reflection with it, which I hid using a layer mask. I added the satin effect to the rose to give it more a darker look, more shadowy and less bright fresh rose. I added the bar code on the bottom so it wouldn’t cover the rose graphic.To be a little clever, the bar code has, instead of numbers, the word anonymous, since V operates on complete anonymity.
I brought the tagline to the back cover and finished the line “Remember, remember the fifth of November…” because it’s a significant line in the book. The copy is directly from the book, which I just found an image on Amazon of the back cover and typed up the summary directly. The original back cover emphasizes “V For Vendetta” so I did the same with the red color. The summary font is Mosk, which I chose because it was Sans Serif and thinner, but not as thin as the BalboaPlus Inline.
Lastly, the spine has the last imagery element, which is the V symbol, with the V in the circle. “For Vendetta” is in the same font and opacity as it is on the front cover. I lastly added the last names of the authors in the BalboaPlus Fill font in red so it would contrast and it wouldn’t read as part of the title.
I am not associated with the book, publisher or author and that this is solely for educational purposes.
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