Six titlepages for an English poetry book for 15-16- year-old pupils in South Africa.
These title-pages were formed from my own photography archives. Of all my work, this is probably the most pleasant imaginable. It combines my personal love for the English language (a refuge from the difficult grammatical structure of my mother tongue, German) and poetry.
Add to that the sheer enjoyment of combining images to convey a mood, and all the personal memories these images evoke, and one is in a very happy place.
This is the sort of work that invokes playfulness; deep concentration; digging deep into the formal laws of design to make it work, and reaching high into the ether for that spark of inspiration that makes the magic.
Having said all that, the client in this case corrected several false starts which were too complex. She simplified and clarified some of them a whole lot, which made them more effective in their message.
What a pleasure teamwork is…