ROMEO + JULIET: A NOVEL
Adding to Audible’s growing collection of exclusive audiobooks and celebrity narrations, David Hewson’s Romeo and Juliet: A Novel reimagines Shakespeare’s tragedy. Audible commissioned artist Levente Szabo to illustrate the cover. To maintain the aesthetic of the illustration and Audible’s signature “unleashed” typography, I hand wrote the copy for the cover.
I personally received praise from the book's author, David Hewson, and the narrator, Richard Armitage, for my work on the book at a cover reveal party.
The challenge of the design was to get the typography to fit as neatly as possible into the negative space of the illustration while maintaining legibility at the small scale that the cover art appears on mobile devices. This legibility challenge proved to be a positive aspect of the cover design, creating an additional level of tension that was already included in the illustration as well as within the story.