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Three Lives

The paperback designed for Three Lives focuses on the emotions encapsulated within the three short stories of the book. These emotions are translated into patterns inspired by European wallpapers from the 1900s. The chosen wallpaper designs are then tweaked with geometric shapes and vivid colours to represent the three different households. This modernisation is done to celebrate the novel as a timeless classic in the field of literature and how Stein’s storytelling is still relevant to this day.


Book Cover Design
Graphic Design

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Three stories about Three women
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Capture the essence of the three households in the book through redesigned wallpaper patterns inspired by Nineteenth-century aesthetics. The book cover design emphasizes the unique emotions of each story, employing fragmentation as a symbolic representation.

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Pattern studies

Development

One of the ideas from the rough iterations was to create wallpapers to depict the three different households of the three stories. The patterns of the wallpapers would encapsulate the derived themes. 

 

This would also be an effective way to emphasise the concept of Fragmentation that Stein focuses on. Thus began the research into the history and various forms of wallpaper design. As the book was written around the 1900s and set in Germany, it helped narrow the scope.

After selecting the three most suitable wallpaper designs, they were redesigned in a more modern way by using geometric shapes and vivid colours. This was done to celebrate the novel as a timeless piece of classic with storytelling techniques that are relevant to this day.

Colour Palette

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Patterns (Old and Redesigned)

1. THE GOOD ANNA 

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2. MELANCTHA

3. THE GENTLE LENA

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Paperback Draft Version
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Paperback Final Version
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