Black Rock Cover and Title Page Design
Gold winner for best design at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Design Awards in the United States.
The story revolves around the death of Napoleon on St Helena Island, told from the perspective of his ghost.
The green was inspired by the fact that Nepoleon had his auropsy performed on his billiards table (which was green), and the colour of the wall in his living room.
The main graphic is obviously Napoleons bicorne hat.
It also happens to create a similar silhouette to the shape of the island he was exiled on.
Black splotch on the back cover:
I received scans of actual letters and manuscripts written by Nepoleon. As he got more ill his handwriting became more illegible and he often spilt ink all over the pages. The back cover is a graphic representation of an actual letter with ink stains.
Based on these same letters I developed a type face from his handwriting. This was used for chapter and title pages.
(Author: Louise Hoole)