— Slaughterhouse 5

Book jacket & collateral

The goal of this project was to design a new book jacket and collateral for an existing novel. Slaughterhouse 5 is about an optometrist named Billy Pilgrim who gets drafted into the army during World War II. After a series of traumatizing events on the battlefield, Billy is diagnosed with PTSD and begins to view his experiences as fatalistic rather than tragic. I thus designed a book jacket that highlights Billy’s delusions by portraying rose-tinted glasses on the cover, through which a bird is visible. However, upon opening the book cover, it is revealed that the bird is perched on a violently drawn skull. The exterior design of the jacket is sterile and modern while the inside is much more sinister, with respect to both imagery and type.