I’ve always wanted to write a novel so last year I decided to sign up for creative writing evening classes, more for something to do and meet new people than to actually help with any writing career.
It was a lot of fun and I did meet some nice people. I’m not sure I’ll ever get my novel finished but I do enjoy writing short copy and strap-lines for design jobs I work on.
At the end of the course the class put together an anthology of the stories they’d written during the course, and as the designer in the group it fell to me to come up with a fitting cover. The only limitations I had was that it wasn’t going to be printed, only photocopied. I wanted to create something striking and bold, and get across the message that the anthology was a group endeavour. I also had the group-chosen title Kaleidoscope to work with.
Keeping it simple and bold I thought a lot about the beauty of Blue Note covers and Saul Bass posters. I took the nib of a fountain pen, for obvious reasons, and created a basic icon from it. I then duplicated in a similar manner to how a kaleidoscope looks. Having duplicates of the nib also helped to get across the idea of a group.