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The Odyssey

Can a picture really say a thousand words?


The Odyssey Book Covers are a collection of book covers that explore typography, craftsmanship, and metaphors. The Odyssey Book Covers are all hand made and illustrate a theme or narrative in the Odyssey’s story. The collection is a triumph of conceptual investigation with the variety of covers created from a single starting point.


The Odyssey Book Covers illustrate unique concepts without being literal translations of the plot. The Odyssey Book Covers create intrigue and understanding in the prospective reader’s mind without providing preemptive resolve.


The Odyssey Book Covers are all handcrafted in a variety of settings and photographed immediately following their creation. Because each cover is handcrafted, each design is loaded with a richness of experience that the viewer can easily consume. Minimal retouching was employed to connect the viewer and designer’s experience making and seeing these covers.

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"Content Precedes Design. Design in the Absence of Content Is Not Design, It's Decoration."

"Content Precedes Design. Design in the Absence of Content Is Not Design, It's Decoration."

The Odyssey Book Covers illustrate the story’s narratives of love, war, journey, and deception into intentional photography sets and meaningful typographic imagery. Through intent, the combination of digital and physical craftsmanship creates striking compositions.

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Handmade Typography + Photography = Amazing Book Covers

Handmade Typography + Photography = Amazing Book Covers

Typography is already cerebrally expressive. The Odyssey Book Covers enhances typography’s communicative capacity by creating physical expressions and thoughtful documentation. Each letter was crafted by hand in multiple locations around New York City, including Coney Island, Manhattan, and Long Island.

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Know Every Trick in the Book

Know Every Trick in the Book

Although the Odyssey Book Covers are all handcrafted, the covers use a variety of software to perfect the images. Nikon, Epson, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and Lightroom all come together to translate the physical craftsmanship into digital artistry.