Conceptual Book Cover Designs – The Jungle Book
I was challenged to design three different book covers for the same book. One would be typography-based, another made of physical materials, and lastly, one designed in my own choice and liking.
I chose to do the classical book of The Jungle Book, written by Rudyard Kipling. I read the book a few years ago and it’s actually quite different from the movie adaptations.
Designer’s Choice Book Cover:
This design came from the idea that Shere Khan got what he deserved for being a bully and trying to hurt the innocent. Innocence struck back in the form of a flower — “the Red Flower” — as the animals call it. To humans, it is known as “fire”. I combined these three ideas together: the tiger stripes of Shere Khan, flames, and flower petals. The colors suggest flame and tiger; shape suggests all three.
Typography Book Cover:
This book cover is based on the title “The Jungle Book”. I wanted to incorporate the concept of the jungle telling the story. Well, in a way, jungles or their trees do tell a story — through tree rings. Tree rings tell us the age of trees and the conditions they faced throughout those years. Therefore, each tree has a story to tell, including this one. The cracks in the wood make up the typography of this design taken from a slice of a tree-trunk.
Physical Material Book Cover:
Most book covers for “The Jungle Book” are covered head-to-toe with leaves, trees, plants, flowers, and vegetation. I wanted to incorporate vegetation somehow but do it differently.
I took a camera and Speedlight to the BYU-I Greenhouse and took several images there. The sun was shining very brightly and fell on a branch of leaves that had a lovely dark background. The contrast was perfect. I took the image without a Speedlight and zoomed-in on the area of focus in Photoshop.
Finding the right font took some time, but placing the type next to the leaves helped draw visual focus to the right spot on the cover.