phantom library

uni work, 2020

For a typography assignment we created our own book covers based on the project by Agnieszka Kurant where they created and almost legitimised books that only existed within other books. I chose two books, 'The Garden of Forking Paths' from the novel by Jorge Luis Borges, but depicting the story within the story written by Ts'ui Pen, as well as 'Civilisation as Mistake' mentioned within the novel 'A Perfect Vacuum' by Stanislaw Lem.

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'The Garden of Forking Paths' is an unfinished novel supposedly about Ts'ui Pen's (the author) labyrinth, which is why I decided to try and create this cover inspired by that idea.

The location of the labyrinth also remains a mystery which is why I wanted the cover to be a bit of a puzzle for the reader to uncover. For this cover I created my first typeface because I had a very clear vision of how I wanted the letters to interact with each other creating one long sequence of paths.

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Next, I created this cover for 'Civilisation as Mistake' by Wilhelm Klopper. I explored several different ways I could picture the visual idea of mistakes and ended up digitising the idea of erasing with smudging and all the small pieces of eraser dust.​