The objective for creating these covers was to produce covers for two paperback books from a set of six popular classics that a publisher was re-releasing as part of an anniversary celebration. The first two were created with idea of them being published separately. The other two were created with the idea that they could be produced as a set and the common features could be used in the development of the other four titles to produce a boxed set.
One of the main themes of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was that of the fish out of water. There is a constant disconnect between the mundane and the fantastic throughout the book. In order to reflect that disconnect, I created a cover featuring a normal car dashboard (my own) beneath a view screen/windshield looking out on a star rising over an alien planet. To emphasize the quirkiness of the book, I added a tea cup on the dashboard with a label hanging down that says, “Not entirely unlike tea”, reflecting a comment made by the main character.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is effectively a pastoral fantasy. For my cover design, I decided to step away from the ubiquitous image of the characters of Bottom and Tatiana, instead focusing on the forest. My design gave minimal information for the purpose of engendering the viewer’s curiosity. My short description emphasized this idea by listing a number of things that appear in the story and asking the reader the question, “What could go wrong?”
The Design for the version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide intended as part of a set was based heavily on the styling of NASA training manuals.The version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream followed suit with a central, debossed line image; in this case a love-in-idleness flower, the main ingredient of the love potion that causes much of the story’s confusion.