This project was commissioned my freshman year of college, before I really knew about prepress, Photoshop, or graphic design in general. The theme of the event was travel with the slogan "Oh, the places you will go." I illustrated suitcases and placed them on a hand-drawn map background. However, this original version had a little bit too busy background with clumsy typographic placement.
For the new version, I kept the illustrations, but placed them on actual maps, toned back and less saturated. It creates more texture with less visual distraction. I also changed the type to a font with more personality and the feel of travel and adventure. Overall, the revisions make it feel cleaner and strengthen the original concept.
This book cover was created for my cousin who was self-publishing her novel on pursuing a relationship with God. I compiled several images in Photoshop to create the scene of a woman dancing with an invisible God, which is part of the tagline. The original cover I did had oversized and stale typography. The revised version uses a more interesting typeface while losing the color and drop shadow, making it simpler overall. The back cover also toned back, a light overlay used to make the text stand out instead of a dark box. The revised cover comes off as being much cleaner and more interesting without sacrificing legibility.
During my Sophomore year at Southwestern Michigan College, I dropped in on an independent study class halfway through the semester to partner with the college library to create covers for books that were missing their sleeve. The painting I made was inspired by the illustrations by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Watercolors and salt were used to create a dynamic and expressive space atmosphere, and the planets were added in Photoshop.
My original cover had an overly illustrious script font with a serif back-blurb that was a little difficult to read. In the revised version, I used a more interesting font that was more legible and better complimented the illustration. I also moved the blurb to the inside of the back cover to make it more legible and less obtrusive. The revisions make the cover more unified, interesting, and legible.