Project report! This is a book sleeve I designed for the December 2018 @shelflovereads subscription box.

(Scroll to the bottom of this page to see some Instagram photos from box subscribers!)

Fall of 2018, Shelf Love Reads, the YA books for adult readers subscription box, reached out to me to share their goals for a project: A padded book sleeve featuring a selection of quotes from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

The decorative theme and palette would be inspired by the Five Feet Apart book cover, the featured book in the December 2018 box.
So, I took some general ornamental elements from that cover design (leaves, flowers) and reinterpreted them in my own way, in & around the lettering.

As initial lettering inspiration, they cited my Non-Existent Words mug.

 For the type design, a linear design was requested, like the mug.

I also had another concept that I thought might work well: a “puzzle piece” type of quote arrangement, which is a style I do in my sketchbook sometimes. This design would allow for a more organic inclusion of ornamental design elements in and around the quotes, which I thought would work well to marry with the Five Feet Apart theme.  The rough idea is shown in Design Concept #2 sketch.

I delivered two options:  One in a linear design as was requested like the mug art Design Concept #1 sketch, and the second one I just described.

They selected design 2! (Yippee!)

There were some limitations I needed to work within, considering the final application: The background had to stay white. The colors would be flat (no gradients). And the palette would be limited. These decisions were made based on the production of the sleeve, the fabric, and trying to optimize the clarity, boldness and readability of so much small hand lettering printed on the larger-weave fabric.

See the final sleeve! It came out great!

The sleeve has been very well-received by the @shelflovereads Community. I’m so happy that THEY love it, and YIPPEE ’cause I love it, too! I would love to do more projects like this! If there’s any cool subscription boxes I should know about, put a link in the comments! If they’re a good fit, maybe I’ll pitch them an idea! 😀

XO, Kathy

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