Book Cover

3 weeks, Design Fundamentals, 2017

A dynamic book cover to represent the themes of Miguel Sicart’s Play Matters, an academic and persuasive but approachable book about play in design fields and everyday life.

For this project I utilized my own photography to create word as image with the dominoes, which represent the book’s topics of humanistic and destructive play. I happened to already have the colorful dominoes which I offset with the dark background to continue the academic tone that Sicart uses in his writing.

 

I had a wide variety of directions I explored that I worked on simultaneously with the progression of the domino concept. These were a few rough versions of my initial directions:

Dominoes

Playing with Food

8-Bit Bomb

Although these were all interesting for the book, I continued working on the domino and food concepts. 

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These images and process designs show selections from my iteration process going forward with the domino and food play concepts, exploring different type styles and legibility. I ended up having a difficult time choosing between the two directions, but ultimately chose the dominoes because I felt the metaphor made more sense for the book and the final version was more polished.