For the past few weeks, I put my personal projects on hold and worked on these in my spare time. They are my submissions to the Fahrenheit 451 jacket design contest held by Simon & Schuster in honor of the 60th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s famous novel.
I read the book in my last year of high school and it hit me like a ton of bricks (or books). It was the last straw in a long line of stressors that year and it sort of sent me over the edge and into a depression.
I had always been different than most of my peers in that I questioned the status-quo in almost all situations. I had/have quite the overly developed sense of justice; my whole life I’ve been in constant observance and in search of answers–sometimes to questions I can’t even form into words. My senior year was a year of great awakening for me and I slowly came to light on the truth of many things even I hadn’t questioned. Combine this with the deaths of several colleagues and needless to say, I easily saw myself in the protagonist of the novel: Guy Montag.
Reading the book was like looking into a mirror. I looked on in horror at myself as Montag’s world collapsed around him. The book was the hand that pulled the plug keeping me in the Matrix and now, nauseated and gasping for air, I whirred down the waste pipe and landed in my reality, forced to accept what was now before my very eyes, forced to accept what had been there all along.
(SPOILER ALERT: The last sentence of this paragraph may allude to something that happens in the book. Don’t read it if you haven’t read the book yet!) This book is very important to me and when I heard about this contest from my friend Paula, I knew I had to take a swipe at being a part of this beautiful story of awakening. I chose the simple, modern feel for the design elements because it is similar to the styles being used when this book was first published and they show that the book still has relevance and is important in our current day. The texture and fire in the composition show the deterioration of these happy design elements similarly to how the false optimism of the book’s inhabitants eventually go up in flames.
Now that I’m done with these I need to contemplate which path I should go down next in my creative journey. Whatever it is I will definitely keep you updated. Wish me luck on the contest!