Poetry book cover design
"Concrete Flamingos" book cover


Wrap around cover design for "Concrete Flamingos" by Mark Roberts, a poetry book published by Island Press, published 2016.

Explain how and why you created this work. Was it for a specific brief, etc.?

The author's brief included some of the poems from this collection, some of which referred to the relationship between colour theory and musical scales in the work of Australian Modernist painter Roy De Maistre.

What were you trying to express?

My design attempted to make a visual connection in the reader's mind between musical scales and the colour spectrum. My aim was a contemporary take on the modernist aesthetic that also conveyed the poet's interest in visual or "concrete" poetry. The deliberately blurry text incorporated into the cover design is from one of these concrete poems the collection by Roberts.

Is it 100% your original work?