Book Cover Design: The Great Gatsby

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.

Poster of the Great Gatsby

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.

Printed book featuring poster design

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.