Talking about books one day (this is something we do a lot of ha) we were saying how interesting and exciting Book Clubs are so we decided to start our own. With a twist. Being book designers, each month we would pick up a book to read, discuss and design the cover of!.

And so the Book Cover Club was born. The first book we picked is Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and the challenge was to avoid featuring the cockroach in any way, shape or form.

Every book cover is a visual analysis of the narrative, an invitation to read but should never reveal too much. I read The Metamorphosis as a metaphor and for me the room and the door were only a prison in his mind. I tried to recreate this idea in my design and used bold type and a shade of red (carmine) that is extracted from a type of cockroach and widely used as a dye for fabrics, cosmetics and as a natural food colouring. Ideally ‘The Metamorphosis’ would be red metallic foil.

Have you read the book? Do you like my cover?

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