A collaborative project that showcases the artistic abilities of students and pays tribute to classic books is on permanent display in the E.W. King Library at King University.
Created by students in Introduction to Visual Rhetoric and Graphic Design, a course requirement of Kingâ€™s Digital Media Art & Design program, the images depict the spines of well-loved books such as â€œMoby Dickâ€ and â€œParadise Lost.â€ Each design has been affixed to stair risers, artfully decorating the library with colorful images of great literary works.
â€œWe spent about a month working on these designs,â€ said Lee Jones, assistant professor of photography and digital media. â€œThe students researched their books and worked closely with the library staff, who were their clients. As a result of this project, they gained design experience and a better understanding of what it is really like to produce work for a client.â€
The recently unveiled designs are the fourth in the series that began several years ago when a student approached Dean of Library Services Erika Brammer with a cell phone photo of a similar project. After connecting with DMAD students and finalizing a selection of classic books from diverse genres, Brammer arranged for the first designs to be installed in 2016. New designs are created each fall semester and unveiled during spring semester.
â€œLibrary visitors always get excited upon seeing the stair risers, often taking pictures of them and commenting on their favorite titles,â€ Brammer said.
Students who created the most recent designs said they began by becoming familiar with the theme of their chosen books - either by reading the entire thing or, as in the case of â€œWar and Peace,â€ a brief synopsis. Careful attention was focused on choosing the appropriate colors, images and fonts to reflect the mood of the book and the period of time in which it was written, said student Bri Carder.
She created the design for â€œTo Kill a Mockingbird,â€ choosing an image of a silhouette imprisoned in a jail cell and a tree. Both are powerful images within the book, she explained.
Other books in the recently installed series include â€œThe Odyssey,â€ â€œThe Complete Poems of Robert Frost,â€ â€œDon Quixote,â€ â€œA Wrinkle in Time,â€ â€œThe Grapes of Wrath,â€ â€œSilent Springâ€ and â€œInvisible Man.â€ Carader and her classmates, Tiffany Bowers, Fausto Crapiz, ChÃ© Davis, Tani Houston and Kayla McCracken, each created two of the book designs that are now on display.
Visitors are welcome to view the most recently installed student artwork and other designs in the series in the E.W. King Library.