Chicle

Jennifer P. Matthews

The publisher wanted something punchy and fun as befits the subject. It took a bit of convincing but the the repeating cover type, which is kind of key for the packaging concept, made it into the final design.


This is the art that I used to create new pack.

Fair Bananas

Henry J. Frundt

The "banana type" one below was the first one I presented but in the end the simpler and stronger concept won out.



Another type only cover. This is the final accepted version.



I presented this one knowing that it wouldn't be accepted but felt I had to at least show it. What is the simplest way to show "Morality Without God?" Leave "God" off the cover. Having it on the spine reinforces the concept.



How many authors have suggested using the "scales of justice". This time it was my idea. I wanted to see if there was an original way to do it.

Identity/Difference Politics

Rita Dhamoon

Another 2 colour cover. Just got approved. This is from the brief: "The three main ideas are the production of differences which don't take full form, interactions between identities, and disruption." The author wanted me to try the idea of movement caught on slow camera which would be one way of expressing her central arguments.



The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem

Peter Swirski

From the back cover: "In The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem, American and European scholars offer an inter-disciplinary analysis of his influence on Western culture and of the creative partnering of art and science in his fiction and futorology". For this type only cover I wanted to add the notion of discovery and examination.

Pragmatism and Social Hope

Judith Green

Green maps a contemporary form of citizenship that emphasizes participation and cooperation and reclaims the critical role of social movements and nongovernmental organizations. The challenge for this cover was to find a new way of expressing the notion of different entities coming together to form a group without resorting to the usual visual clich├ęs.

A Long Eclipse

Catherine Gidney

From the back cover copy: "Gidney shows that the decline of the Protestant presence on University campuses started with the swirling moral kaleidoscope of the 1960s." I decided to do a type-only cover with a twist. The "U" is emerging from an eclipse.

Nunavut

Rethinking Political Culture
Ailsa Henderson

Nunavut is the new Canadian territory that was established in April 1999. That date appears on the bottom of the license plate.

Chef

Jaspreet Singh





This is the second cover I have done for this writer. 17 Tomatoes was the first one. Jaspreet was involved in the creative process for both covers in ways that really added a lot to the final result. After I came up with concept of using a red cricket ball to tie into the "red tomatoes" from the title of 17 Tomatoes, Jaspreet tracked down an actual cricket ball and suggested using the tiger as an appropriate image.

Chef takes places on the Siachen Glacier on the border between India and Pakistan. This disputed territory is a war zone on the top of the world. From the cover copy: "Chef Kirpal, seriously ill, returns to Kashmir after a gap of fourteen years to cook a wedding meal for a General's daughter." His father is buried in a cravace inside the glacier and he is also on a journey to excavate the body. The first sketch I did using spices and a piece of ice was not representative of the novel. In my discussion with Jaspreet he explained that Chef had another important meaning that I was missing - a military commander. The second option I presented showed the actual glacier and had a feeling of drama that I really liked. I was getting close but it was still laking another dimension. I found the image of a cravace on the Siachen Glacier on the website of an Indian photographer. He gave us permission to use it after 2 or 3 attempts at navigating the language barrier. For once the use of "a novel" is not a gratuitous design element. It indicates the point that is the focus of his journey. He would like to excavate a part of his past that has kept him moving forward.

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