As a half-semester long assignment in the design class, Core Studio 3, we were tasked with creating new covers for our favorite book. I chose Contact, by Carl Sagan. When I was younger I gained a passion for science and exploration by watching Sagan's television program Cosmos, eventually moving on to read his works. The task was to find the simplest way to convey the main themes of the book such as communication, hidden meanings, as well as exploring one's self and the universe. I experimented with various visuals and techniques, beginning with type only, and eventually incorporating color, texture, layering, and imagery while making sure to consider hierarchy and figure ground. While making various iterations, we paused at one point to help each other with fresh ideas by making our own versions of another classmate's book. I traded with a classmate who was working on making covers for the Greek Myths and designed a modern interpretation by incorporating the title into an Anthora coffee cup I made from scratch. The last image (a gif) shows many of the iterations along the way to the final product, as well as many of my notes and sketches. Click here for an expanded view.