The Uninhabitable Earth inspired my design through the feeling it gave me while reading, I pictured a scorched earth being stripped of its resources at the hands of the people it provides for. To achieve this imagery, I took subtle inspiration from the fragility of photographic film when burned to mirror the delicate state of the world today. The ‘Earth’ is burned away to reveal bursts of colour to hint at the effects of global warming, such as red representing the burning forests and blue to represent the rising sea levels. The image is smudged downwards to mimic a fingerprint to remind us how uniquely we each can impact the state of the world today and for the future.
Comments from the judges:
‘A fantastic entry, this really stood out and there was a lot of consensus on how brilliant it is. I love it, I thought it was really well considered, the fingerprint took on an abyss-like quality that I kept on falling into – very accomplished’ Richard Bravery – Art Director, Penguin General Books
‘I absolutely loved this design – I thought it was powerful, simple and effective. What I liked most about it was it was like staring into a black hole and having the feeling that it was widening and expanding – an amazing piece of design’ Joy Yamusangie
‘It stood out from the first – amongst the hundreds of entries no one else had done anything quite like this. Very striking’ Jim Stoddart – Art Director, Penguin Press
‘I loved the cover – the black dot draws you in and it hammers home an unsettling feeling of something that you can’t quite distinguish’ Clive Russell
‘A clear winner – the image represented the book perfectly’ Lee Motley – Art Director, Penguin Michael Joseph