UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING - BOOK COVER DESIGN
October 12, 2001
This was my first book-cover print assignment. The whips
and chains of typography came lashing toward me like a sans-serif'd
hydra, while I hid behind my golden fleece of Adobe Illustrator.
Control. I must learn control.
I've read a lot of Milan Kundera, but Unbearable was easily
my favorite book of his assortment of ethereal stories and
characters. Easily one of the 10 best books I have ever read,
this most likely it had to do with the devotion of an entire
writing and composition class to his works and this book especially.
I knew the novel inside and out, back to front, up and down.
Re-designing the cover was more of a thrill and pleasure,
rather than an assignment. I attempted to capture the fusion
of philosophy with fiction, and the lightness/heaviness dualism
with strong imagery, and a direct communication of color and
contrast. I wanted to create a cover that, like the book,
encourages questions, thoughts, and analysis.