Why You Should Read Kafka Before You Waste Your Life

Why You Should Read Kafka Before You Waste Your Life

St. Martin's Press, New York, New York, 2009

Description

Inspired by Kafka’s most famous work, Metamorphosis, I decided to depict an insect (Gregor Samsa) reading a book of the same title. I commissioned Douglas Smith to do the artwork from my rough sketch. I then created the lettering to match the engraving style of the illustration and applied a high-contrast treatment to the photograph of Kafka for consistency. I chose an uncoated stock to make the art appear more like a vintage print than a new illustration.

Juror Notes

Cover within a cover that is not gratuitous—perfect.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2009
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
St. Martin's Press
Designer
Steve Snider
Illustrator
Douglas Smith
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