After doing extensive research and developing my idea’s I am now creating my design on the computer using Abode Illustrator and Photoshop.
I started by setting up some layers that I know that I would need, like grid layers, image ones and text ones, no doubt there will be plenty more by the end of the design phase.
I started by first making the canvas to the correct size, which is 283mm across and 197mm in height, from this I added my first grid which allowed me to set up the correct sizes for each page and the spine, which is 23mm in width.
Using an Image that I previously collected and worked from I made the 3 boxes which is feature on classic penguin Books, I noticed that the bottom orange box in slightly larger than the top, although the boxes are in orange at the moment they will change later on in the design Phase.
Screenshot of type comparing.
Screenshot of title type line up using a another grid to centre it up.
The next step of type was the books author’s name, which wasn’t in bold which I could easily see from comparing it to my collected source.
TypeFace: Gill Sans MT, Regular, 18 pt, centred.
something that I noted from images of classic Penguin Books was that they all had a small line separating the title to the author’s name, my line was small, only 2cm long and a 2 pt size, this will be in the same colour as the outer section.
Screenshot of how the line works so well and this is before the colour change.
Just a quick screenshot of the amount of layers just used at this point during the design process.
I now moved onto the spine type aspects of the design, I first rotated the type 90 degree’s and made a small grid to line it up correctly.
Spine Type: Gill Sans MT, Regular, 22 pt, Centred
I decided to have a quick look at the colour aspects of the design, I originally change the outer boxes to purple but on a quick test print it was too hard to see the type on the colour so I will later change it, This screenshot also features the grid that I am currently using.
After my realisation of the colour troubles I went about changing it to a more suitable colour, after mucking about I was set on this, clean, simple and calm on the eyes, this light blue worked well with the whole design.
Colour Details: 210, 74, 93, 62, 166, 237, 63, -15, -38, 68, 22, 0, 0, color for Abobe Programs.
The all important Penguin Logo, I was originally going to use the penguin without the orange around it, but after seeing how well it set the blue off and the whole design I knew that I made the right choice, the logo was centred using a grid.
To make it obvious that the stories in this book aren’t really I noted that on Some Other Penguin Books had the genre of the book on th cover, So I though It would look good to have them On either side of the title on the vertical, I doing this is makes the genre obvious but subtly.
Having all of these little features works really well together and they are all relevent, the bar code was collected for a secondary source and the other information was noted from another source which has been collected.
Reverse type: Body Text; Gill Sans MT, Regular, 12 pt, Centred, Bottom Text; Gill Sans MT, Regular, 10 pt, Centred
This is the final design and I am really happy with it, it looks exactly like a classic penguin Book and every feature works well together, it was made within the 3 hour time limit . Certain decisions really affected how the design came out looking and I’m really happy with it.
The only thing that I would like to change possibly in the future is to have an image subtle on the design somewhere, possible within the top logo on the front or the back, maybe I could develop this further if time allows me and the computer works with me.
Next step will be to research more and design my next book jacket when I have been given the topic. The book jackets will be mounted onto actual books for my portfolio, this will really show them off in a good way.