Book Cover Design Project #29 – The Lesson Of The Goldfish


“Lesson Of The Goldfish” – Is a short story written by one of my favorite writers. OK, she is my favorite writer. Her story describes how she is reminded of one of life’s bitter sweet lessons as she pauses to watch a young boy leaving a local pet store with his mother. He is carrying a plastic bag containing a goldfish. You will have to read the story yourself here.

Typography – In this design I chose to change the title slightly by adding the article The at the beginning of the title. I wanted to add a visual degree of separation between The Lesson and The Goldfish. I believe I achieved this by setting the first instance of the word The and the word Goldfish in a bold italic weight and setting the second instance of the word The and the word Lesson in a regular weight. This creates a separation of the two concepts but retains their relationship to one another. The typeface is Bauer Bodoni, regular, and bold italic. Bodoni is classified as a modern typeface due, in part, to it’s clean geometry and straight, unbracketed serifs, but the face was first designed in the late 18th century so it conveys a traditional feeling as well. Additionally the typeface demonstrates a contrast in it’s structure which is comprised of alternating thick and thin lines. I thought this contrast in the typeface fit with the contrast in the Lesson Of The Goldfish, which is the joy of caring for life followed by the sorrow of loss that comes in death.

book cover design project #29 - the lesson of the goldfish

Imagery and color – I chose a lavender color for the background which is sort of a cross between blue for boys and pink for girls. I hoped to capture a gender neutral representation of childhood color. The images of the goldfish symbolize both states of the lesson. The top image is the gray lifeless impression of the lesson and the bottom is the goldfish still alive. Well that’s it. Hope you like!

Participate: I am always accepting ideas from readers. Currently I would like to hear ideas on the next design project theme. The Book Cover Design Project ends on June 30th so if you have ideas on the next theme please let me know. Help me promote this site! If you are on Facebook please add Circadian Creative’s Facebook page to your “liked” pages. If you log into Facebook and do a search on Circadian Creative it will come up at the top of the list. I update the page daily after each post here and I have also archived the daily designs by month in the photo section.

See you all tomorrow.
Sean

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2 thoughts on “Book Cover Design Project #29 – The Lesson Of The Goldfish

  1. Awww thanks so much… both for your comments and for thinking so much of my story to use it as part of your book cover design project. I love it. And, it captures “the lesson” perfectly.

  2. i liked the design and the story— expand it and publish it– expand fiction within the fact. maybe add the elderly grandmom as a character… it could be very poignant or a kids book…

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