Purpose. To realize the value
of "conscious imitation" for inspiration and learning.
To refine the many skills involved in communicating visually.
To discern the design elements that determine a particular designer's
style and set it apart from others.
creation of a cover design, Film as Film , emulating the
distinguishing characteristics (ethos) and esthetics of a famous
designer or historical period.
Research information about an influential designer
or historical period, past or present, that could serve as a point
of departure for designing the book cover. You will need substantial
information on the above, and that may limit your choice.
Form teams of two students to examine the key issues
involved in book cover design: How did book covers and jackets
evolve? How can we classify book covers? Are there differences
between the design of hard and soft book covers? What distinguishes
a single cover design from an extended series of book covers?
Document the visual material
on a large board for review and write a one-page synopsis about
the designer or historical period. On a second board, the same
size, present a maximum of two visual pieces that clearly express
and summarize the key characteristics of the specific approach.
In addition, each group must write a one-page summary interpreting
their findings and outlining the key criteria. Each team member
will prepare an individual cover design mounted on Foamcor.
Format. 10 1/2
X 7 7/8 inches (27 X 20 centimeters)
Time. 24 hours