A Brief History of Time
— Stephen Hawking
Penguin Books, Non-fiction cover design
I was inspired by the idea of a moment of creation in the universe and what this may look like. Through my design, I explored light projection as a way to visualise this concept. Spectral colours combining together on a dark, empty background created a shining, multi-coloured typographic illustration. I used red and blue to symbolise the opposite sides of the colour spectrum, reflecting the beginning and end, echoing the Doppler effect – a key concept in charting the universe’s expansion. The colour combination is also a patriotic nod towards Hawking himself – ‘the most brilliant British scientist of his generation’.