Okay, so I realize my title makes it seem like I was drunk while doing this assignment but it was supposed to be a pun for Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love.” So for clarification purposes, I want you to know that I did this at 4pm on Wednesday and I really hope you don’t think I was drunk when I did it. Regardless, I realized that I should have done this assignment first because it was way less difficult than designing the book cover. The only thing I really had trouble with was the clipping path. Other than that speed bump throughout the creation process, I like how the final copy turned out. Beyonce is a style icon. The text behind her is the speech she gave after receiving the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Icon award. Because her speech is talking about fashion and how it has impacted her life, it was only natural to have the text wrapped around an image of her looking absolutely fabulous at the Grammy’s. This assignment made me take a deep breath and realize that my InDesign skills might not be completely hopeless.
Photoshop was an absolute dream to work with once I became more accustomed to its features. I had assumed that InDesign would be just as enjoyable but Dear God was I wrong. I have never been so frustrated with an application, but after four hours of messing around with it, here was was what I came up with. The Great Gatsby is a story about love, wealth, and scandal. The dark red background idea came to me when I was thinking about the themes that F. Scott Fitzgerald presents in this novel. The overall serious tone in this book doesn’t call for a bright cover, but rather complementary, darker hues. Jay Gatsby presents himself elegantly and professionally to everyone he meets. These qualities are how I chose the background pattern. It’s classic, it’s simple and it really catches your eye. The gold font paired with the single string of pearls showcases the wealth of the characters that this book is about. This is not just a random set of colors and designs that I threw together. While I was making this, I thought of what a wealthy person in the 1920’s might be intrigued with as well as the setting of this story. I do like how this turned out, but I know that if was more acquainted with InDesign, it could have turned out a lot more professional looking.