This set of cover concepts are for literary fiction novel The Master. The story depicts a 19th century man who spends years touring Europe alone and devoting his time to writing and studying fine art. The enchanting narrative follows the man's solitary voyage, concluding with the strong portrayal of a life left unfinished.

Designing concepts for the book called Maze Runner, posed an interesting set of problems. The book is about a group of boys caught in a mythical game, set in a run modern day grungy area. I was asked to design a round of concepts that played off the title of the book in a symbolic way with a requested dark background, to veer away from the typical books in this genre which generally depict highly realistic renderings of a stories environment. These two concepts are a few of the sketches I presented based on a created iconic symbol and typographic translation.

These are two of a handful of prospective cover designs I designed for Random House. The challenge was to reflect the book's serious theory of a world economic boom, without playing off the title itself in a cartoony way (meaning no shaky or explosive bold type), while still having a financial look that would be familiar to the readers of Wall St. Journal. The first concept shown was selected for the book's hardcover release in December '09.

A novel about a journalist who is conflicted with the state of the world while covering the attacks of 9/11 and the war in Afganastan. The book refers to the destruction of societies, as the main character deals with the loss of his best friend.

Conspiracy Theories is book about just that, theories in question. I explored the secretive aspects in the first example, as well as the mystery behind each of these theories in the second example (typed theories assembling into a question mark).

Freak Nation is a book about coming to realize the fascination society has with freaks, and that no one is normal. I explored trick mirrors in that anyone who looks at one appears abnormal, abstract twisted design, and metaphor of objects that are not alike. I was commissioned to explore/design these cover options by Dan Rembert at Random House. This project is pending.

The next book cover I chose to redesign was The Road written by Cormac McCarthy. The story follows a boy and his fathers journey to survive through a post-apocalyptic United States. After looking into this book I was surprised to see that the original cover design (in my opinion) could have been far stronger, but came to find out, after the fact, that one of our great jacket designers, Chip Kidd had designed it (later to find out that he considered it one of his most compromised designs). Never imagining that he would have been the designer, I looked past the 6pt sized credits, and went for it, followed by an email to directors and designers (including him, with no disrespect intended) to present it. So here is my take on this cover design.

This round I chose to redesign the recently popular book written by Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope, Thoughts on reclaiming the American Dream. I chose to redesign this book because I'm interested in seeing typical memoir book cover styles redesigned with added depth.

This first book I took a stab at is The Catcher in the Rye.The story is about a teenage boy who rebels against the prep schools he attended, adults, and responsibility, in an effort to hold onto his youth. The story is narrated by the boy, flashing back to his past through from the mental institution he was admitted to. The story depicts the boys psychological breakdown due to his past experiences (losing his brother) and current situation.

The second book in this round, I designed To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee. Interestingly enough it was the only book she had ever published. The books plot took place in the fictitious small town of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. The title refers to the metaphor that to kill a mockingbird, is to kill innocence and beauty itself. This metaphor connects strongly to the characters in the book that were discriminated against, falsely accused of wrongdoing, and later unjustly killed.

The third book in this round were for the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. This classic is based on a group of farm animals that represent a community or nation. The story depicts the rise of power of the pigs, who use manipulation and make false promises to control the majority of other animals. Its said to have been based on the rise of dictator Joseph Stalin of the USSR, but can represent any nations conversion and corruption of socialist ideals to a communistic government. My designs represent the strange events on the farm, communist propaganda, and the inequality of the animals.