This university project was based around designing the covers for a set of four unrelated poetry books. This involved large amounts of research into existing solutions, conventions of book design and information that would help generate a thorough understanding of the poetry itself, its context and the authors who wrote it. The aim was to create a series of cover, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Beech Tree Press, that both appeared as one cohesive set, yet represented each individual book as best as possible.
I opted for an approach that made use of a Swiss style with modernist principles, in an attempt to make the design take a back seat. The heavy lifting of the project would be carried by my photography. I took a photo for each of the covers, attempting to encapsulate a feeling found among the pages of each book. A halftone printing technique was employed to give the photographs a modest look. The use of Aktiv Grotesk (Dalton Maag) and Baskerville make for an understated, but elegant final product. The underlying grid structure contributes to this.