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TOPIC / Book Cover Design

Jamie Keenan

Jamie Keenan


Here are a few samples of Jamie Keenan's work. Jamie does some very inspiring work, check out Keenan's site. I love the Otherwise Pandemonium cover, it's great to take (or see) something and create an unexpected image out of it. I had been talking with Keenan, and below is his response to his own creative process, though he says that he has no true process.

"...but I do have a bit of an obsession with tying the image and the type 
together in some way. It's really easy to end up with a bit of type 
slapped on to a nice picture (especially when you're a freelancer and 
lack the resources of a design department which can commission a 
photographer to come up with something) so I'm always trying to think 
up ways of getting the two elements to fit together, as in the bits 
of my work you picked out. Other than that, I've also got a thing 
about diagrams, maps, charts, emergency exit instructions etc... and 
using existing forms of design like signs and logos that people are 
already familiar with and subverting them in some way. Oh, and 
optical illusions. Book covers are quite small so it's good if you 
can get each element to do more than one job - does that make sense? 
I think I've got a thing about circles too.

Other than that, I always feel it's good to read as much of each book 
you're working on as you can stand and leave it to roll around in 
your brain for a week or so - I'm sure that some ideas get formed 
that way without you knowing it's even happening."


 
   

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Karen Horton said on May 06, 2008

Thanks for the post. I didn’t know about his site. Amazing and such creative work. Keenan also designed the cover forThe Lazarus Project, which recently caught my eye in the book store.

 
 

Jason Anscomb said on March 01, 2009

Keenan is a legend. Really love his work