One of my favorite projects from this program, creating an entire book was challenging and enjoyable. I chose J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, mainly for the difficulty of laying out such a dialogue-heavy book. I am aware that the book is highly personal for many people, and those people do not want to be influenced on the look of the characters or places by the cover.
With that in mind, I commissioned Elizabeth Ogle to shoot a blurred out city at night, reflecting the protagonist’s drunken and indecisive mindset throughout the story. I also had a lot of fun with the interior. The end sheets are a red plaid, a reference to the protagonist’s hunting cap. I used silhouettes of ducks as the end of chapter markers, recalling a central focus of the book.