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Definitive HG Wells book cover collection

Discovered this little gem –  The War of the Worlds Book Cover Collection

” The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells, has been continuously in print for over 100 years. Collected here are the covers of many of those editions, submitted by generous fans from around the world. My purpose is primarily educational: the span of covers represents a huge swath of graphic design, from 1898 to the present, across languages and through the effects of radio, movie, musical, and television re-interpretations. Enjoy “

HG Wells bookcovers – what have I learned?

Half an hour in Waterstones has taught me that paperback book spines generally carry title, author and full publisher name, always read top to bottom, horizontal left to right.  They also generally use flat fonts on the covers, whatever the style, and there’s a lot of curly fonts around the fiction department.  And couldn’t find HG Wells anywhere in the obvious places, but ran out of time to look in the corners.

I’m finding the methodology (which is what this bit of the course is about I guess) is useful to get the ideas out.  I’m also keen on learning how best to get the ideas out quickly – hence set 2 the glass jug version, which took half an hour start to finish.  Also being able to pull in passing ideas like the reference to Red Sands, and current obsessions, like the Chen Qiulin video.

The bit that doesn’t sit easy is the whole thing about exploring options as obvious / radical creative – I don’t know why, I think it’s just semantics, I just don’t associate the word radical in that sort of way.  Consequently spent a bit of time playing with the words and the idea of continuums, and came to no conclusions of course.

Shape of things to comeAnyway, I like working in threes as about the right number of options anyone can cope with, so reasonably happy I came out of it with one main option > the first set, and a couple of alternatives.  I did have another idea in mind involving black and white newsprint type collage with bright bits, which I didn’t do anything with.  And I really like this one!

HG Wells covers – set 3

The last tryout, very rough now, playing with the pink triangle abstract version.  Colours definitely need sorting out if I was going to do anything with this. Also introduces the revolutionary concept of vertical text on spines 🙂

War of the Worlds
Doctor Moreau
Shape of things to come

HG Wells covers – set 2

Thirty minute version using a photo of a glass jug…

War of the Worlds
Island of Doctor Moreau
Shape of things to come

HG Wells covers – set 1

This draft set is following the bright and cheerful comic book approach, picking up on all the popular images – found in this Google images search: HG Wells fiction book jackets.  They’re also slightly wider than a standard paperback.  The safe option.

War of the worlds
Island of Doctor Moreau
Shape of things to come

HG Wells bookcovers – ideas

HGWellsTryout (7)
Red Sands
HGWellsTryout (6)
HGWellsTryout (4)
06 Chen Qiulin
HGWellsTryout (5)
HGWellsTryout (8)
HGWellsTryout (9)
HGWellsTryout (1)

HG Wells bookcovers – mindmaps

HGWellsTryout (3)
HGWellsTryout (2)