A set of standardized book covers for three science-fiction books that would be sold as a box set.*
I began by simply playing off of what I knew the books had in common. Having read them all, I had an appreciation of their subject matter and decided to come up with a system of icons that could be adapted each book. In my first thumbnails I played off diagrams and flow charts, coming up with a pseudo-scientific set of illustrations.
After my first round of sketches I wanted to retain the diagram-esque style, however I found that many of the images were too dainty. To counter that I scaled up the orbs around which I constructed the illustrations. The floods of color give the covers a dramatic punch that ties the variants together. To distinguish one novel from the next I created rings around them, as seen in class scientific images of ringed planets such as Saturn. Each novel has rings constructed in such a way as to reference its subject: The Reality Dysfunction has rings of smaller orbs in reference to the asteroid field where the main character is introduced; The Ganymede Club has several thin lines upon which orbs rest in reference to the planet Jupiter and its many moons; Kiln People is ringed with a waveform in reference to the "Standing Wave" which is at the center of the book's plot.