Eric Wilder’s Dynamic Approach to Between Two Worlds
Designer Eric Wilder loves to take several visual approaches to a creative brief, hoping one will resonate perfectly with both publisher and author. Such was the case with Wilder’s design for Between Two Worlds, David Sorensen’s memoir about growing up as the hearing child of two deaf adults. When he received the brief from Gallaudet Press, Wilder decided to use both the abstract and the concrete in the cover designs he submitted. Ultimately, Gallaudet and Sorensen chose a design whose colors and shapes evoked the liminal space the author occupied in his formative years.
Eric Wilder, Learning to Interpret Cover Design
Eric Wilder, book cover designer and publisher of Spine Magazine, recently designed the dynamic-yet-pristine cover for Learning to Interpret: Working from English Into American Sign Language for RIT Press. The cover, which features traditional letters as well as ASL ‘glyphs,’ encourages anyone who picks up the book to begin the work of interpretation right away, which was exactly Wilder’s intention. “Learning to Interpret is academic in nature and deals with interpreting in American Sign Language. My goal was to come up with a very clean yet engaging cover for the subject matter. And by engaging I mean, I wanted readers on some level to have to interpret the cover for themselves,” Wilder said.
Emma Rogers on Lettering, and the Ludicrous Laws of Old London
Emma Rogers is a Graphic Designer specializing in book cover design and lettering. She is recipient of the prestigious D&AD Yellow Pencil Award for her cover designs in 2008. She also won an ABCD award in the Mass Market category for her design of The Scent of Death in 2014. Here she answers our questions about her work.