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Redesigning Nabokov: How Limitations Can Be a Designer’s Best Friend Peter Terzian

I have always agreed with the title of this article, I often find myself adding restrictions or goals when I am creating artwork. Having a set of specific guidelines you need to say with in or a overarching framework that you set as a outline can often lead to more creative works. In the article the restrictions for the book coves is that they must all be photographed specimen boxes. This out of the box idea is both restrictive and freeing at the same time. The regularity of the book series will be clear do to the repetitive nature of the boxes, but this uniformity lets the interiors vary widely without fear of them seaming disconnected. This is a very clever way of keeping uniformity and allowing for creativity. I find this a good lesson for all of us when working on a series or set, build yourself a framework and then push the designs on the interior to the fullest extent. Overall I find these book covers to be inspinging and imaginative, giving me ideas for future projects.


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