Dear diary, part four

Beat book cover design – sketches and layout ideas  Visual diary, two-page spread (student project, 2011)

Beat book cover design – sketches and layout ideas
Visual diary, two-page spread (student project, 2011)

'A meme that launched a millions trips' – final cover design

‘A meme that launched a millions trips’ – final cover design

For this project we had to use found images and a limited colour palette to design the cover of a book about the beat poets. My cover is a paper collage of photographs, censored texts and deconstructed poetry. The background features excerpts from the works of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs that I have retyped, rearranged, printed, torn into pieces and transferred on to paper using an acetone printing technique (the same technique I used for my book without boundaries). The acetone transfer produced a wonderful, imperfect, aged sort of effect which you can see in more detail below.

Final cover design, detail

Final cover design, detail

The diary pages are from a journal I put together for my Design & Arts College exhibition in 2012. Two years of research, ideas, word maps and sketches had to be reduced to a mere 72 pages. It was no easy task but I now have a beautiful, professionally bound diary that I’ll always treasure.

4 thoughts on “Dear diary, part four

  1. poppytump

    Enjoyed your links back Anna to work before I found your blog ! What a great collection of ideas and techniques . It gets me thinking of stuff to do again … Thanks 🙂

    Reply

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