Waterloo Sunset

Waterloo Sunset

David Zachary Cohen, 2000


The challenge of this project was to key the audience into the musical aspect of this collection of short stories. The guitar is such a familiar icon that you can use the smallest section of it and it would still be recognizable. Once potential readers made the connection between the guitar and the author—Ray Davies of The Kinks—they might be persuaded to read more. I wanted the jacket to have a literary feel, since the stories are actually a more fleshed-out version of the already strong narrative of the original songs. Visually, I wanted to suggest a landscape using the curves of the guitar, the type disappearing into the horizon. I wanted to keep the metaphor subtle, and immediately thought of Marc Yankus, who took my simple concept and embellished it beautifully with his unique sensibility of textures and colors.

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2000
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover


Creative director/designer
David Zachary Cohen
Marc Yankus
Production coordinator
John Marius
Trim size
5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Rotis Semi-Serif, Trade Gothic
Ray Davies