Book cover design for 'Norwegian Wood'.
A response to the 'Penguin Student Design Awards 2019'. The brief was to redesign the cover of ‘Norwegian Wood’ by Haruki Murakami. The book recounts the university years of Toru Watanabe in 1960’s Tokyo told from the perspective of his middle-aged self.
The book’s narrative exudes a sense of nostalgia, as all the events happen in a fleeting haze and are told through the memories of the narrator. To allude to this, I have used pastel tones and soft fluid marks in the illustration. The design reflects the novels focus on place and memory, through incorporating imagery of the bullet train, the Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji - all iconic landmarks associated with Tokyo.
Additionally, a set of limited edition screen- printed posters of the cover were created to sell.