The project was to create a book cover for the American classic, The Great Gatsby. The goals for this project were to create something different than the normal depiction of the Jazz age, as well as being able to accurately portray Jay Gatsby and his persona through the book cover.
The inspiration for the design of the book cover comes from a line in the book, which compares Gatsby's party-goers to moths. In the sense that they are drawn to him like moths to a bright light, yet leave just as effervescently. The moth in the center of the light-bulb is a silver Emperor Moth. This moth features a set of eyes on the back of its wings, which are used to send a warning to predators. It essentially masks itself as a much larger and powerful creature than it is, much like Gatsby. The color is a homage to the green referenced in the book, from the green light in the dock Gatsby grasps for. As for the typography, I chose a strong serif typeface that has a design based on the Art Deco era in order to accentuate the Jazz Age.
The project was successful in conveying Gatsby's powerful facade with the Emperor moth, as well as intermixing elements of the book onto the book cover, like the moths on the back. The typography would have a metallic treatment to it, reflective of the materialism in that era.