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  • Hannah Underwood

A book jacket design for Goodnight Mister Tom a children's novel by the English author Michelle Magorian which follows the relationship of a London evacuee during WW2 housed by a disgruntled old man. The concept is inspired by Israeli designer Noma Bar best known for his illustrations using negative space. The red bike nods to the time period of the book along with the plane propeller inside the wheel, highlighting the contrast found within the protagonist's life which unfolds throughout this wartime storyline.

Second book jacket design for A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson created in Illustrator. The playful turning off of the letter 'G' captures the idea of 'nearly everything', achieving this by lowering the opacity of the letter.
My starting point was to challenge a type lead concept, this slowly evolved into the final outcome which is better suited to Penguin’s requirements and the commercial market.


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