When I'm designing book covers I always prefer to read the book first (this isn't always possible unfortunately). I like to include little hints, pointers or motifs within the design if I can – some more obvious than others.

The Memory Cage is a children's book but after reading it, I felt I wanted to offer the client a few different options – some more traditional than others – but I didn't want any of them to be 'childish'. The story isn't childish therefore the design needed to reflect this. The story touches on various topics including war, loss and Alzheimer's – the latter being the book's main theme.

The first image shown is the one the client went for. The title typography represents memories coming and going from Grandad's mind …

I've included some of the early visuals to show a bit of the process I went through.

Have a look at some more of my publishing work in Book Design.

I've also added a few books to Issuu if you'd like to see some of the internal pages.