CLIENT: THE SIGN OF THE FOUR (CONCEPT).

 
Front and back cover art.

Front and back cover art.

THE OBJECTIVE.

Re-design concept of the classic mystery novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Collaborating with photographer Yulia Morris for the cover art, we had a few weeks to come up with a concept for this project. We started by creating a working timeline for ourselves and communicated almost daily throughout the process in order to keep each other in the loop.

THE PROCESS.

During the initial brainstorming, Yulia and I both started off researching the book to first understand it’s plot and main themes. Inspired by the four symbols that are mentioned throughout the plot, I sketched a few design thumbnails. We wanted the cover to be a modernized interpretation of the classic story, with the macro (yet incomplete) imagery of the pearl necklace meant to represent the mystery theme of the book.

The finished book prototype.

The finished book prototype.

 

THE RESULT.

The finished product was beautifully printed on high-quality photo paper and wrapped around a hardcover book as a dust jacket. Yulia and I found that our continued teamwork and mutual communication on the project made for a very smooth process, helping to successfully blend our two styles seamlessly. Though initial timelines naturally had to be readjusted occasionally, we found that our ability to be flexible with timing while problem solving with the goals in mind, allowed us to effectively create a look that reflected our ultimate vision for this classic mystery novel.

THE ROLE.

I provided art direction throughout the project. Yulia shot several dozen versions of the necklace, then handed off the images to me where I then completed the layout design.

 
Inside front flap.

Inside front flap.

Inside back flap.

Inside back flap.