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Submitted by: Jim Groom

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Take a title of a well-known book and re-design the cover to suggest something entirely different. For example, the book cover for Cormac McCarthy's The Road (an apocalyptic novel about a father and son facing the end of the world) is reframed as a feel-good book about effective parenting (see image). Original idea found through this design contest on Book Ninja in 2008. Image credit: Ingrid Paulson's  reimagining of The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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Submissions So Far

The Horror of To Kill A Mockingbird

I liked the idea of messing with the meaning of a book title.  Many are symbolic or draw from an important line in the story.  But taken out of context, their meanings may not be clear.  As such, this assignment had me essentially examine classic books with odd titles.  I …

The Crucible Remix

This is my response to the Alternative Book Covers assignment. The challenge was to create an alternative cover for a book that changes the entire theme. The Crucible was originally a bout the Salem Witch Trials. A crucible is a piece of lab equipment used to hold hot metals, …

Alternative Magic Realism

This assignment is to take a cover of a well-known book and re-design the cover to suggest something completely different.  I scanned my bookshelves and selected Orlando by Virginia Woolf, giving Lord Jim a miss.

Orlando to most people means Disney World, so I found an image of the Magic

A Whole New Mind – Alternate Cover

Designed for DS106

A Death Notebook — ???

This was the quickest assignment I have ever done, but it was still some fun.

The assignment was to take a title of a well-known book and re-design the cover to suggest something entirely different.

I looked at the best-selling books on Amazon to get an idea. Then I figured, …

The Kite Runner

I made this example for a blog post describing three activities from the DS 106 anthology.

Fifty Shades of Grey

I had a little fun with this assignment. The idea, take a well known book cover and redesign it to mean something completely different. I decided to play on the flip flop nature of Mitt Romney by creating this alternative cover to Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Visual Assignment- Alternative Book Cover: Fifty Shades of Grey

I had a little fun with this assignment. The idea, take a well known book cover and redesign it to mean something completely different. I decided to play on the flip flop nature of Mitt Romney by creating this alternative cover to Fifty Shades Of Grey.
“Take a title of…

The Hunger Games-Alternative Book Cover

Alternative Book Cover
Take a title of a well-known book and re-design the cover to suggest something entirely different. For example, the book cover for Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (an apocalyptic novel about a father and son facing the end of the world) is reframed as a feel-good book about…

Firewalk with Me

I decided I wanted to do a design assignment today, so I started browsing the Assignment Repository. There’s so much great stuff in there (although I do think some of our “Design” assignments need to be re-categorized as “Visual” assignments). I settled on Alternative Book Cover. 
To get inspiration, I…

Mission: DS106 – Design assignment sprint

It’s great to be at camp during summer vacation.
This week I found another block of time through which to sprint after a number of ds106 design assignments. I had some trouble narrowing down which assignments to tackle until I began them; clearly, I do not yet have the patience…

Novel in disguise

The second design is an alternate book cover to Nikki Grimes’ novel, Bronx Masquerade. The actual novel is about a class of mixed race, ethnicity and gender during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. The students create poems about their lifestyles and come to realizations that they have more in…

Alternative Book Cover

In order to create an alternative book cover I had to find a book in which I could alter the meaning. That was the difficult part for me. I couldn’t find a book title where I could insert a different picture to make it appear to be about something different.…

The Fault in our Stars

The Fault in our Stars is one of my favorite books. It’s a novel by John Green, who also wrote one of my other favorites, Looking for Alaska. The title comes from a shakespeare quote. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are…

Rings of a feather

Alternate Book Covers DesignAssignment 366  For this assignment I took a picture from my wedding.  Using the image of the rings I decided that The Fellowship of the Ring would work.  By titling it such, it creates a different meaning than the original classic by JRR Tolkien.  2 Stars.…

14. hysteria siberiana (ds106 #5)

So, I know Professor Lockman was talking about us branching out into the other categories when choosing assignments, but I had this one in mind from before so I decided to go through with it anyway! Might as well make the most of it before we change the requirements before the next section, right? Take … Continue reading »

Re-imagined Lord of the Flies

I decided to take one of my fave novels, Lord of the Flies and pay homage to the dude who ruled the Drosophilia Thomas Hunt Morgan.

I did this really quickly using the Wikipedia photos and basic shapes in Photoshop.
I had a few labs in university working with Drosophilia…

Alternative Book Covers

I wasn’t able to figure out how to replace the picture with this new one so i did a fading in of the picture, it looks a little brighter than i wanted it to but i am content with the turn out. This is my favorite book and i thought…

DesignAssignments366: Alternative Cover

This is my Alternative Book Cover, as per the assignment submitted by Jim Groom. I’ve been really obsessed with all of the icons offered by The Noun Project, and I wanted to stick with the minimalist-fever we’ve all caught, so I used the icon for “woman” found here, and I…

Alternative Book Covers: Naked Lunch

I just submitted this as an assignment, and I will be doing a quick tutorial for this one in Photoshop and GIMP shortly. It is either a two or three star assignment in my mind, and the inspiration comes from this contest from a few years back. I took William…

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Tutorials So Far

Alternative Book Covers (tutorial)

For this assignment i used Gimp. I did a Google search of the book cover of my choosing ( i used my sister’s keeper). I saved the image to my computer and then opened it in Gimp. After opening the image i used the erasing tool to remove the image…

Screencast tutorials for Alternative Book Cover assignment

As promised yesterday, I did two screencasts for the Alternative Book Cover assignment, one for photoshop users and one for GIMP users. What you will get from these tutorials is that 1) I, too, am a novice at these applications, and 2) these design assignments are mostly about the conception—keep…