Every so often I set myself a challenge to design something that doesn't need designing. It's a good opportunity for practice and trying out new techniques. The Lord of the Flies has been published since 1954 and no doubt seen hundreds of book covers in its time, but I thought I'd experiment with my own interpretations. I explored two concepts: firstly, the 'classic'. This allegorical novel is undoubtedly a modern classic, and I wanted to reflect that in the imagery and typography I used. For these variations, I found royalty-free historic, scientific images on Internet Archive Book Images. I combined the boar and glasses with serif typography, and the conch with the more modern Montserrat font, which still gives a classic feel but updates it a little.

The second avenue I explored was more playful, modern and abstract. Let's not forget this is a book about children (gone bad)! I experimented with shapes based on two symbols from the novel: Piggy's glasses, and the fire of hope/ destruction. Piggy's glasses can be interpreted from the rounded shapes, including where they are broken into semi-circles. The fire is implied through the colour choices and in the variations with wild, wavy flame shapes. Most of the shapes and letters in the second series were cut out by hand and scanned. I thought this gave a more innocent, naive feel to the design which is somewhat jarring given the content.