book covers - illustration

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith uses the idea of teeth to reference the “roots” of people’s ancestry. The novel focuses on multiple immigrant families navigating the difficulties of assimilation while maintaining their heritage. The design for this book jacket is intended to capture the vibrancy of the characters and showcase key moments in the storyline. I intentionally went for an unrefined design, using paper collage to create “reveals” for elements that allude to specific scenes in the story. I chose a color palette based on the national flags of countries represented by the characters. 

✹ Communication Arts 2019 Illustration Winner


Book Covers - Photography

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is famous for its themes of self discovery set against the lush backdrop of Nepal. Published first in 1951, the book remains widely read around the world. Its universal message of discovery and truth-seeking is responsible for its mass appeal and translation into hundreds of languages. My design embraces the universality of the book's themes by avoiding any direct Buddhism references, and instead uses the image of the fig tree that symbolizes vitality, lust, and life across many cultures. The reveal of bright color in the center represents Siddhartha’s final step towards realization of life's meaning.