SUNY New Paltz Graphic Design BFA Thesis Show 2020

Designing Novels for a Visual Audience

Lauren Gay

Set guidelines have been used for centuries to design books in a way that is easily readable. However large bodies of text are often viewed as intimidating or uninteresting to some audiences. With the rise of digital media outlets in which we can receive information and entertainment more quickly than through books, it is important that designers take book design to a higher level of artistry and craft to give books their own unique purpose. Through researching better ways to design novels for a visual audience, this project presents Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre in a way that is more visually engaging for teenage and adult readers. Color, imagery, and display text are used to enhance the content while added footnotes provide context for the novel’s more archaic language. By reconsidering how we view and design novels, we may encourage others to further value the content and artistic qualities of literature.

SUNY New Paltz Graphic Design Thesis Show. 2019-2020. Website designed by Luke Barnell and Tania Velin