C.S. Lewis Space Trilogy

Graphic Design Portfolio class assignment to create a series of three book covers connected by either same author or genre. C.S. Lewis Space Trilogy is three stories of satirical fantasies with Christian undertones. All of the book shared the same thread of mysticism and spirituality, so I used a photomanipulation approach to enhance that.

Design Decisions
Out of the Silent Planet
Overall the story was about human ignorance, imperialism, and the mystery/wonder of outer space. To represent these qualities I chose a man with a blindfold that blends into space, as well as a planet (the silent planet - earth) with the type flush right to give the eye the impression of movement from the planet's surface launching out toward outer space.

Perelandra's plot is about an allegorical floating island that represents the Garden of Eden in the Bible. The floating island of Perelandra is surrounded by the "fixed land" where travel is forbidden by the island's god. A satan-like character attempts to tempt the queen of Perelandra to the fixed land, which is the story's main conflict. The typeface used for the title is "Onyx" which embodies both the seductive conflict and island beauty simultaneously. I created the island of Perelandra out of Manpupuner rocks, trees and waterfalls all composited together to represent peaceful beauty.

That Hideous Strength
This book is about a Orwellian/totalitarian organization called N.I.C.E. that comes in and starts controlling a small town and its people through subversive means. This also includes recruitment and indoctrination, which relates back to an important motif in the story, the "blue room". In the blue room, everything is slightly askew. N.I.C.E. recruits are sent there to become more "objective" through exposure to the off-kilter characteristics of the room. In the story, the moment the protagonist steps into the room he figures out exactly what he needs to do to defeat the N.I.C.E. Another important piece of the plot is Merlin (yes the medieval wizard), who represents true neutrality and is seen as the key to victory by both good and evil.
The photomanipulative style binds the three covers together in aesthetic
The flexible design system allows a distinct, but easy to maintain style for every C.S. Lewis book
Smart notification of the trilogy without being overbearing
Cover Progress Work: Perelandra
Perelandra image assets
Cover Progress Work: That Hideous Strength
That Hideous Strength image assets
Cover Progress Work: Out of the Silent Planet
Out of the Silent Planet image assets
Concept Progress Work
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