• Multimodal Project: Designing a Book Cover

    Author(s):
    Gabrielle Stecher (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Item Type:
    Course material or learning objects
    Tag(s):
    literature and composition
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/wzk4-qm49
    Abstract:
    For this assignment, students imagine that they have been hired as graphic designers for a university press. Their first on-the-job assignment is to design a book cover (using Canva’s free book cover template, Microsoft Publisher, Google Slides, or Adobe Illustrator) for a new edition of the novel we are studying. There are two components to this project: the digital cover design and a written rationale. Each student uses Artstor or Google Images to select a painting, photograph, sculpture, or drawing that they believe is representative of some aspect of the novel. They then create a polished, publication-ready book cover around the artwork they have chosen, taking into account our discussions about visual rhetoric and design principles. In order to convince the editor that the proposed cover pairs well with the text, students must also submit a written rationale (4-5 pages in essay form) that both justifies the design and analyzes the image that was chosen to represent and market the book.
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