Thursday, March 31, 2011

berumen- group comments

Smith- idea #1 and #5 seem to be the most interesting- if you do #5, be careful with how you place the items within the crocodile. Also, this book has a lot of potential in terms of the style of illustration/imagery......i would suggest you go in a realistic(surrealistic) direction.

McCain- your quilt idea is much better than your pea circle jacket. Try using more interesting imagery than just the 20 mattresses. Sorry, but the pea idea was just too typical.

James, Megan- i think you should combine your text heavy concept with your telescreen idea. Try to implement a harsh propaganda/oppression theme. You have some good ideas to work off of.

marasigan - the merchant of marvels and the peddler of dreams

Synopsis, from the front flap:
What to give the person who has everything?
Frederick Knick-Knack, the Peddler of Dreams, has a dilemma.  What to give his most marvelous friend, the Merchant of Marvels, on her birthday?  The Merchant of Marvels surely cannot want for much.  So Frederick must tempt her with every imaginable delight: elephants as small as specks of sand, an eyelash stolen from the Queen of Sheba, a sliver of the splinter that pricked Sleeping Beauty, the tear liqueur of the King of Crocodiles--but nothing will suffice.  Until, at last, Frederick alights upon what he comes to realize is the perfect gift--the gift that is the ultimate expression of his love.
so imagine where the images are drawn the shapes are actually cut out, and the back side would be items from the book (represented in the suitcase by the circles).  not exactly sure how this one would work once it is entirely unfolded.

this is not exactly how it will end up.  i would like it to have more folds for sure.  lots of different flaps to lift and pull and whatnot.  paper folding isn't my forte, if you haven't noticed...

this turns the cover into something like a chest/suitcase, where the peddler of dreams keeps all his trinkets and charms.  one side of the poster would be printed with the chest/suitcase texture, and the other side would be rows and columns of the items he has.
Sorry to the people who were supposed to critique mine.  I meant to have these up yesterday but got very busy.  I hope you can forgive me!

Also, take a look inside the book.  It's wonderful.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Kristy, Thumbs

My book is The Catcher and the Rye

My ideas is image based

There will be a head to shoulder shot of each character. The cover will unfold and each character will be revealed according to the order of the story.

I'm thinking about using celebrity faces to depict the characters in the story.

The art work will be done in illustrator and have a grunge type background.

Brief Summary
T he Catcher in the Rye is set around the 1950s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is not specific about his location while he’s telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital or sanatorium. The events he narrates take place in the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas, when Holden is sixteen years old.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lanni - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

top to bottom.

1. have the title like it was on a box stamped on there. then on each fold would have a character profile, then ending on a group image of all characters
2. Have the gates of the factory on the cover, then open to folds with a picture of a main event such as the TV room as pictured, then when opened the back will be a poster of a landscape of inside the factory.
3. a wonka bar on the cover, then different scenes on the folds such as this one the invention room, then when opened it will show a golden ticket.
4. the cover would be a golden ticket, then each fold in a random order will just be a type solution for the 7 deadly sins that are abstract told through out the novel, then finishing with a picture of a top hat on its side, giving it a modern feel with a lot of negative space and the tile up top.
5. The cover would be a landscape of the old gloomy house that Charlie lives (very gray and very damaged looking) then each fold will again explain a deadly sin but will be shown with a image. Then finishing with the keys to the factory that Charlie receives that the end.

Simchick - The Monster at the End of This Book

The Monster at the End of this Book is a kids book with Grover from Sesame Street. Each time you turn the page Grover tries to get you to stop turning them until finally you get to the end of the book and the only monster there is Grover. If you haven't read the book before it is a really short read. Here's a link to an online version:

This idea comes from the part of the book where Grover builds a brick wall and then it is destroyed. As you unfold the folds, Grover tries to get you to stop and the bricks begin falling.

This thumb is similar to my first one but the folds are much simpler.

My final idea folds out in the shape of the Sesame Street sign. When it is folded into the cover, it is more text based rather than image based like my previous ideas. I would draw out the lettering for the cover to tie it in with the book, since the entire book was rendered by hand.

I'm leaning towards the first and third ideas, I want to try to incorporate both and see if I can come up with something that works.


The Book I chose is Paper Towns by John Green

High school senior Quentin Jacobsen (known to his friends as "Q") has been in love with his neighbor, the mysterious, beautiful, and adventuresome Margo Roth Spiegelman for as long as he can remember. So when one night she appears at his window to ask for his help in playing revenge pranks, he can't refuse. The two travel to Margo's ex-friend Becca's house, where Margo's boyfriend is cheating on her, along with her boyfriend's house, the house of an old bully, and Sea World, where Margo and Q dance together to an old song playing on the loudspeaker. At the end of the night, Margo leaves Q with a hug and says, "I. Will. Miss. Hanging. Out. With. You."

The next day at school, Q is hardly surprised that Margo isn't there. But when no one sees her for days, Q and his friends Radar and Ben, with the help of Margo's best friend, Lacey, begin searching for the clues Margo has left for Q. Based on these clues, Q, Radar, Ben, and Lacey try to find her. The third part of the story, "The Vessel", is about their road trip. After twenty-one hours of driving they arrive in Agloe, New York. There, they find Margo and discover that she did not want to be found. The clues had not been meant to lead her friends to her, but rather to show Q the abandoned subdivision in which she used to hang out.[3][4]

The book is named for "paper towns", fictitious towns which are added to maps to protect against copyright infringement.

1. I was thinking of showing a cul-de-sac which would double as a map showing their adventure the night before Margo disappears.

2. This one is based off one of the book covers. I was thinking of having the jacket fold out into a map and some how in the folds have the clues Margo left Q. I couldnt add it in the drawing because I have to reread the book to find out what exactly the clues are.

3. I was thinking of having all list of things Margo and Q buy at walmart that they need during the course of their adventure and as you unfold there is a different thing showing.

4. This one is also based off of one of the book covers. I was thinking about putting the cross roads of the fictitious town Margo is hiding in.

5. Here is just a row of identical houses which Margos refers to as fake like a paper town. I was also thinking that maybe some how the houses could pop out once the poster was laying out.

6. I was thinking that somehow I can have a the whole eastern coast fold into the book jacket. Here I would show their road trip to find Margo. I would also incorporate things that happened along the way.

Bonnie Kellner - thumbs, lost and found

My book is about a bunch of different people on a reality show just like the amazing race. They get clues to travel different places all over the world. Each different chapter is told in the perspective of a different person in the race.

Adam Basset, Brave New World book thumbs

So the book i chose was Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It is about a society set in the distant future about 2540 AD. This society is controlled by the government to every extent. Regulated births, deaths, jobs, pills etc. The main conflict happens when they bring in a "savage" from the reservations out of the city and bring two of them back into the city. The culture shock is too much too handle on both sides, and the main character john the savage ends up hanging himself at the end to escape the media and people who are constantly following him at this point.

Thumbs 1-3 are poster/ covers that address the pills that the government make people take every day called somas. The first one would be a cover that would fold out into a poster (ie a rectangle in the end). Then thumbs 2 and 3 are covers that will form a pill shape. In all of these posters i have little pill capsules that would contain negative/positive words about the soma depending on the poster, and what the final composition is as of right now i want my first 3 to be just black and white, and maybe one other color.

Thumb 4 is a poster that has a noose that would be revealed upon folding it out etc. i am still playing with how to place it so "important" parts are revealed.

Thumb 5 is a poster as well that shows the two societies. It would hopefully be photography of a high tech society on one side, then the other, the savage reservation they have outside the city.

Larson-Gullivers Travels

Gulliver's Travels:
Man goes on 4 voyages each of which there are deeply rooted themes. The places he ends up are strange and fantastical. One place he's a giant, the next he's tiny, the place after that is a floating island, and then in the last there are talking horse like creatures.
Different themes are: might vs. right; individual vs. society; limits of human understanding
For more information:

1. cover: four symbols of each voyage
poster: each symbol from the cover would make up a collage for each voyage in four different windows

2. cover: close up of rope
poster: full view of Gulliver tied down as a giant

3. cover: looks big (giant Gulliver)
poster: little Gulliver in comparison to some large object

4. cover: small descriptive type of different voyages or things within the places
poster: big Gulliver made out of type
possible type style:

5. cover: collage of different voyages with belly band
poster: title made out of collage

6. cover: reversible-could be big or little Gulliver, or any object
poster: reversible-" "

(7-10: each could be separate mini books/smaller posters of each part/ voyage from the book)

7. cover/ poster: playing with size. In this location the society is very prideful, but are actually really tiny people

8. cover/ poster: again playing with size. This place the people are giants, but quite humble. Gulliver talks about women's giant pores at one point

9-10. cover/posters: representations of the actual place, but still needs work on concept.

McCain - The Princess and The Pea

I choose the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, "The Princess and The Pea". It's a short story about a young woman claiming to be a princess shows up at a castle for shelter one stormy night. Doubting her story, the queen of the castle decides to test the girl's story. The queen slips a single pea at the bottom of a bed of 20 mattresses for the girl to sleep on. The thinking is that a true princess is so delicate that she will be able to feel the pea and will not sleep well. The next morning the girl complains about a hardness in the bed that kept her from sleep. The castle rejoices and the young girl marries the prince.

I've got two folding ideas. In the first, the book cover unfolds into a circle--a shape of a pea. Undecided on the imagery to go onto the pea.

My other idea is that the outer book cover looks like a quilt folded over the top (much like when you're tucked in to bed). When you unfold the cover the inside poster will either have an illustration of the bed (with 20 mattresses) or be an illustration of a patchwork quilt that visually tells the story.

Kallus Princess Bride

The book I chose is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. The book is a satrical fairy tail. About a princess named Buttercup and her one true love Westley. At the Beginning of the book Westley dies. And Buttercup is then soon engaged to Prince Humperdink. The prince want to start a war so he hires someone to kill her and stick in on the country across the see. The book is almost identical to the movie based on it because the author is also a screenwriter. He wrote Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid and the orginal Stepford wives.

For the book cover I did some mock ups of how I would want it to fold and the two shown are the best and most likely the easiest to execute.

My thumbs
One page number one the unfolded poster would be this map. And on the map there are all these places and things the main charcters encounter in the book. When folded it you would see only portion of the map and unfolder you would have the whole map. This one is my favorite.

#2 I though about doing the character illustrations and on the front cover you would have the tw main characters and then you would unfold it and more would be revealed.

#3 my least developed. I had a hard time putting this one to paper. The Idea would be to have all of these important objects just scattered as the poster. and when you fold it up you only get glimpsed of them.

Spencer, Book Jacket Roughs

The book I chose is The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, in which the main character wakes up to discover that he's transformed overnight into a giant bug. (Most people think he's a cockroach, but he's a beetle.)

1. The cover would look like the front of a man's suit and would fold out to reveal a collage of bug wings. I was thinking about shifting the suit so that the tie was on the spine so that I could put the text on his lapel.

2. The fold of this one is like the examples Newton showed us and would reveal the the man to be part bug, with the text on the flap that's hiding the bug part.

3. Ultimately the poster would be a giant bug you could put on your wall and (I haven't worked out the logistics yet, but) when it's folded up the cover would be a section of the bug, but you wouldn't be able to tell until you folded it out.

4. Basically the same as #2 but folding out to reveal a bug face instead of a bug body.

5. The same as #1 but the inside would be one of those dead bug pin board things.

6. Basically supposed to look like the bug is curling around the book, not sure if it's really achieving it like I want it to...

7. Playing with revealing the bug and everything, this one would just have a leg on the cover and be more type based, but when you fold it out it would be a giant bug reaching onto the cover basically.

Andrew Valdez- Thumbs-Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles
is a 1950s science fiction short story collection by Ray Bradbury that chronicles the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists. The book lies somewhere between a short story collection and an episodic novel, containing stories Bradbury originally published in the late 1940s in science fiction magazines. For publication, the stories were loosely woven together with a series of short, interstitial vignettes.

1. I wanted to create a 1950s style poster with this idea. The style is very cheesy and uses strange typography angles. The environment is exaggerated and colors are washed out. There is also narratives told through out the background and collage aspects.

2. This was an idea played around the aspect of a panoramic picture taken of the mars surface. I wanted to play with type in the environment. There would be a spaceship landed that would make an appearance on corner of the poster.
3. I like this idea the best. Being that its about a story of colonization. I decided to make a fold out map of colonized Mars. It would be an info graphic poster of sorts, showing nearest planets and moons and have info on the planet itself. When folding it out, the user would be introduced to each aspect of the map (compass, legend, symbols, etc.) to finally reveal the entire map.

4. This idea is based on the spaceship they take to Mars. The folding poster would reveal a panoramic image of the cockpit of a would-be futuristic space ship. Upon each fold there would be a reveal of some sort of digital cockpit gauge, screen, or button(s) that would all tie into the final theme of the poster.
5. This is more a typographic approach to a poster. I would like to have over sized text layed over a photorealistic 1950s spaceship. Each flap or section would also incorporate important lines from the book but in similar fashion. They used large text in a lot of 1940s-50s sci-fi. I think this would be a great way to incorporate the era this book was written in by copying that style.

Megan James- 1984

The Story:

1984 is a 1949 novel that reflects a dystopia by George Orwell about an oligarchical, collectivist, oligarchical society. Life in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, and incessant public mind control. The individual is always subordinated to the state, and it is in part this philosophy which allows the Party to manipulate and control humanity. In the Ministry of Truth, protagonist Winston Smith is a civil servant responsible for perpetuating the Party's propaganda by revising historical records to render the Party omniscient and always correct, yet his meagre existence disillusions him to the point of seeking rebellion against Big Brother, eventually leading to his arrest, torture, and reconversion.


Thumbs 1,2 & 3 are all type based. The lines would be type. I thought this would be appropriate for this story because of all the chaos that the main character constantly feels. The words would be jumbled and overlapped as well as different sizes and weights. The words would be emotions and words that are important to the story. I was thinking to have the background a close up picture of a motherboard or something along those lines. But faint, not too distracting.

4) For this one, I was thinking to use the concept of the telescreens that play an important role in the novel. I thought it'd be cool to make it look more collage-like and dated.

5) Room 101 contains everyones worst fear and the main character is sent there as punishment. I thought it'd be interesting to just play with the name and make it look like an apartment number and put the old doorknob on the cover. In the room, there are wire cages and that could add an interesting texture in the background.

6) In the room, the main character is strapped to a chair. I'd stage a picture and just crop in on that tension. This thumb is a little farther away than I want, but it was hard to sketch. I really want to just crop in on the hands strapped to the chair and whatever has to show behind it.

In all of these, I think I'll probably do a poster on the other side. It will just say Big Brother is Watching with an eye or something.

Van Blackman- Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer

synopsis: after years of slaying vampires, Abe Lincoln climbs his way to be elected President. Little does the country know that the Civil War is not just North vs. South, but good vs. evil.

1. my first idea is to unfold the cover to reveal a holographic image of Lincoln. In the first position, he is himself. when you shift the picture a little to a separate angle, he is a vampire.

2. the second poster idea is a diagram of an axe, or it could be any weapon used to kill vampires. anyways, it would be old-fashioned-like, with blood stains on it, and quotes with pointed arrows that read something like, "this is where you meet the blade with his neck".

3. the third idea is an extension of number two. but instead of a single weapon that is displayed, several weapons and techniques are shown on the poster with diagrams. the title will be Manual: How To Kill A Vampire

4. the fourth idea is somewhat already being used by the current bookcover, but its just a cover and not a poster. the idea is that there are two sides to the poster: on the front, Abe Lincoln standing boldly and calmly in the crisp clean White House with his arms behind his back. on the back: a picture of what you see if you were standing behind Abraham. it shows that he is actually holding a bloodied axe and a dismembered vampire head behing his back. cool

5. i would take what we learned from the last project and have a sliding mechanism on a poster of a burning white house with vampires surrounding it. then, when you slide a tab, Lincoln is slaying every vampire in sight with his axe and the white house is no longer burning.

richert,Katie_book cover_patchwork girl

1. the glass cat, who was made befor the patchwork girl.

2. the inside page. the folds make the many patches, they would be different colors. the letters would look like they were sewn into the patches. the doll sitting on top of the word girl

3. same idea as above. doll on side.

4. inside flap of Ojo, whom she becomes friends with. The left would be about the book written on a patch.

5. cover showing the patchwork girl and the scarecrow. As fold down the bottom flaps, it will reveal more of their legs and there feet touching(they like each other.) Glass cat is a snob and is on side flap, facing other direction.

6.the journey, showing map of where they will go. can be on top of the patches which are created by the folds of the paper.

7. the inside of the magician's house. showing the potions on back cover, the patches (from which the doll will be made from on front.

3. Inside flaps revealing the friends the patchwork girl will make

4. outside cover, showing the pile of patches with the potion about to drip on them.

The story