LET THE RIGHT ONE IN — December '16

Programs used: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Invision
Instructor: Annabelle Gould


Goal: In my typography class, we had to choose a novel that we thought needed a cover redesign, then typeset the first few pages and redesign the cover. We also had our first taste of mobile design here and we had to also design a mobile book for tablet. I chose John Ajvide Lindqvist's horror/coming-of-age novel Let the Right One In about a boy making friends with a child vampire in 1980s Sweden. 

Process: I really wanted to capture both aspects of this book with it's cover: the vampire horror thriller and the coming-of-age tale. It creates a strange contrast that was hard to balance. My first renditions ended up too bloody, while others were too subtle. I ended up on the current cover by using construction paper cut-outs to reference childhood. The stark colors and the slight spots of blood on the snow bring on the bleakness that the Swedish horror aspects present.


Original book cover


Early cover renditions and typographic studies