I haven’t yet seen the new movie by Walter Salles, but I’ve been assigning a book jacket project for Jack Kerouac’s On the Road
to my Illustration Design class at Art Center for the past six or seven years. It's a great book that has had some sad covers issued in the last fifty-five years. At first, I was surprised how few students had already read it, but then I thought that if they don’t learn anything else from me, I’ll have introduced them to Kerouac, and the class will have that going for it.
The assignment is to pick an idea or theme from the book and communicate it in a way that feels right for the story. Research into Kerouac’s life and the way America looked right after World War II is a big part of the project. You’d be surprised how many 22-year olds don’t know suitcases didn’t always have wheels on them.
Most of these covers were designed by students about halfway through their studies at Art Center, some have graduated, some are still in school. I’ve added links to their websites if you’d like to see what they are up to now.
Yuko January 3, 2013
I loved looking at those different designs. Many of them are very sophisticated, and so much fun and ideas.
Thank you for sharing.
Harry January 3, 2013
Ah good for you Paul, that book was such a big influence on me as a teen, read it at 16 and quickly hitchhiked to Colorado, with the book in my pack. I hope the movie does the book justice though we know how that goes.
I think you and your students have inspired me to take a crack at a cover.On the list.
jeffrey smith January 3, 2013
Sometimes, the greatest thing a teacher can do is give the assignment and stay the hell out of the way. I think these beautiful pieces are a reflection of that. Great post Paul, you've done it again!
Adam McCauley January 3, 2013
Wow, so many great and adventurous solutions. Thanks for the post, Paul.
Hal Mayforth January 4, 2013
Some fantastic talent here. I'd be hard pressed to pick a winner. Thanks for posting, Paul.
Marcellus Hall January 4, 2013
dig beat holy hip
John Dykes January 4, 2013
Love 'em all... but something about the last one (Zach's) is just beautiful. Like to see as a wrap-around.
Mark Fisher January 4, 2013
Some really wonderful covers! By the way Paul I live in Lowell, MA where Mr K was born and lies.
Mike Bertino January 5, 2013
ian green January 29, 2013
too many greats here too
zach mendoza January 30, 2013
Thanks for posting my work paul!!! I really appreciate it!
see ya around school..