Dan Brown's DA VINCI CODE Series
Book Cover Redesign
The Da Vinci code, well, recoded.
The goal for this redesign project was to make the book covers stay aesthetically and thematically more faithful to the book content. The original book covers for The DaVinci Code, Inferno, and The Lost Symbol appear dramatic, heavy, and almost 'romantic' in colour and imagery choice, so I recreated the three covers to be more dark, cryptic and sinister.
While still being loyal to the intricate puzzle-solving nature of the series, the new covers are simple, cleaner, and more cohesive as a series, compared to that of the originals'.
The original covers:
01 / The Da Vinci Code
The appear/disappearing words at the background is inspired by the heavy use of "hidden words & clues", embedded within Da Vinci's art works as a plot device in the book and the film. Also, the cut and paste aesthetic of the title treatment is a nod to the "puzzle piecing" theme of the story – the story itself concerns the protagonist Robert Langdon putting together a string of clues and images to unravel a mystery. Finally, the lines underneath the title treatment is derivative of the very measured and technical aesthetic of the "Vitruvian man", one of Da Vinci's most widely recognizable work.
The full jacket:
02 / The Lost Symbol
This novel revolves around Robert Langdon yet again on the run to uncover secrets that might change history once more. Set stateside, symbols were found inside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. which led to unearthing something hidden from humanity for centuries, immersing the readers into the the clandestine world of Masonry. The book art, very simple in nature, shows the word "Lost" faded away, comparable to the chambers and temples in the novel that were "lost" in time.
03 / Inferno
Inferno is a novel about a scientist's quest to solve the world's problem of overpopulation, by creating a weapon that'll disable humanity's ability to reproduce. The poem "Dante's Inferno" being heavily referenced in the novel, a line in the poem states that the deepest and hottest parts of hell are reserved for people who had committed sins such as what the antagonist has done. The poem Dante's Inferno is about the different levels of hell, hence the usage of a labyrinth-like graphic for the imagery. It leads inwards, with the nucleus of the graphic being the "hellest" of hell. Moreover, the burnt aesthetic of the cover art is to make the cover a little darker in tone than the original's.