Cristina E. Garcia

Document Design

April 21, 2014

Don Quijote for Young Adult of 2014

If I can’t read through Don Quijote without some help from school, I can imagine how kids feel. My second book design is geared toward ages 6-10. It would only work if there was an adapted version of Don Quijote for children of that age becuase the book touches upon adult subjects. I felt, given there was an adapted version, the book cover would be just the thing necessary to rouse their interest.

I tested myself by keeping a similar scene as the adult version, however, interestingly I had to consider a few things.

First of all, I wanted to relate to the children, so I thought of myself as short while drawing the windmill, which resulted in the interesting angle of the picture. Thinking back, I was reminded about FIU’s Children’s Creative Learning Center, when the director informed me that they designed the art in the walk way on the floor so the children could admire it since they were so low to the ground. Keeping that frame of mind, I designed my book cover.

I also harked back to my childhood days as a library assistant pouring over book covers, admiring their art, as I put them away. Once I finished, I felt my book design mirrored the colors of those I often saw.

Another big change that I made to this book cover was that I made the giant a little less abstract, and I didn’t make him humanoid. In fact, I followed the theory, that if I made him more monster like, in a cute kid way, this would interest the young kids into reading.

The age group manifested itself in two other areas: the font of the headline and the Don Quijote character. I made the font of the title a playful font, Snap ITC, and the by line Source Sans Pro. I also made the headline really big so it would seem easy to read. Not only that, the kids only care about the story at that age, perhaps the title, but they won’t care for the author or the logo of the girl who made the book cover, so I made those smaller fonts and put them in places I thought balanced well with the rest of the photo. As for Don Quijote, I made him a little fleshier than how he is in the story to mimic children’s cartoons that often show characters with pear-like shapes like bodies. I felt like this fit the mold of usual children’s characters.

I felt a little guilty placing the title of the book aligned center, but I figured that if I tried aligning it other ways and that was the way that looked best, then there was nothing that could be done about it. This book cover also broke alignment in another place when the character of Don Quijote is leaning out of the box that contains the picture. This was deliberate in that I wanted it to catch the eye of the user. I want them to wonder why the knight is backing away and what will happen next. Doing this, I feel will entice the reader to open the book and find out.  

I spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect font for the book covers. I placed the adult version next to the children’s version below so you could see what a big difference in tone is held simply by the font of the bylines.

Although both covers were about the same story, they look completely different. At the same time, both were designed to incite curiosity and energy to read the book -- both things necessary to get through it.