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Dystopia - Penguin Book Covers

23 October 2014

The HNC recently presented their book cover project 'Dystopia'. They had to select three titles from a series of eight famous Dystopian-themed novels, and design the covers purely in typography. As part of the project, they also received useful input from our 'Design Buddies' - a pool of 10 of our recent graduates all working in industry.

Although the class came up with a wide range of great ideas, during the assessment we noticed that they all shared a common approach, fusing swiss style typographic rigour with a stripped down colour palette and a 90's-era grunge aesthetic.  This stylistic approach perfectly echoed the theme of the books. Two good examples of this messy minimalism came from Rumana Sayed and Kim Louden, both shown below. You can check out more of the work on Pinterest.

Rumana Sayed

Kim Louden