Illustration, Book Design

Digital Print

2010-12

These book covers are homage to one of my favorite philosophers, Karl Marx, who has been an important theorist in my research. I originally approached this project in 2010 when it was assigned. However, as my understanding of both Marx and design grew, I re-approached these covers. The original covers played upon illusions in media-culture. Using my understanding of color and optical effects, I used red as a metaphor for a veil. The veil of capitalism blurs the reality of our material condition, and I wanted this illusion to be evident in the covers. To convey this, I illustrated the central issue of each volume and concealed it under a veil of red. Using red decoder glasses, the reader is able to see through this veil. These glasses, which would be placed within the book, signify that opening this book would be the first step to seeing through this veil.
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