There is nothing I rather do than sit on the beach and read a good book or two. That is why I was thrilled when my book cover design was accepted into the Atlanta chapter of AIGA’s annual poster show. This year, the theme was books. I redesigned the cover of one of my all-time favorite novels, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby is a jazz-age love story about Jay Gatsby, the self-made millionaire, and his obsession with the socialite, Daisy Buchanan.
I decided to take a dark twist on my favorite image from the book, Jay Gatsby reaching for the green light at the end of Daisy’s pier. Like many of my designs, I distilled the concept down to simple forms to create a symbolic visual story. In this case, I created an illustration of Gatsby’s spellbound eyes gazing through a pair of binoculars ringed in daisy petals. The type was placed directly beneath the image to imply the shape of Gatsby’s face. I chose a simple color palette of greens to reinforce the symbol of the green light.
It was an honor to have my work included in the poster show among such talented designers. I can’t wait for AIGA to announce next year’s theme.