Being a bookworm and a huge fan of Russian literature, I welcomed with joy an opportunity to design a series consisting of any 3 books of my choice. The titles that I decided upon were âThe Suitcaseâ by Sergei Dovlatov, âHappy Lifeâ by Mikhail Zoshchenko and âMoscow-Petushkiâ by Venedikt Yerofeyev. The assignment required us to design the dust cover, typeset a part of the content and create one illustration for each title.
In order to maintain the vintage feel that I was going for I created my own marbled paper for the endpaperÂ and used some old Russian newspapers from USSR times to create illustrations. The font I chose was PT Sans and PT Serif â both public fonts for minority languages of Russia. I wanted to keep it as authentic as possible and so the dustcover is printed on a slightly mouldy paper that was kept in the attic since the seventies â the time when Poland was still part of USSR.
âThe Witcherâ is something entirely different â a fantasy book, or rather a series of books, that lately became an item worldwide because of the recently-released game based on the plot. I have a weak spot for fantasy, but as much as I generally love buying physical books, I hardly ever do that in case of this genre. âDonât judge the book by its coverâ they say, but I must admit that those detailed digital illustrations of busty ladies in armors just donât seem to do it for me. And so one day I decided that instead of waiting for a modern, minimalistic edition of âThe Witcherâ Iâd just take the matter in my own hands and create a version to my liking myself.