Stephanie Cree developed animated book covers for her Digital Arts & Media Creative Project, The World Inside . In redesigning the covers of some of her favorite books, Stephanie integrated her skills in animation and website construction with her passion for literature.
Please describe your project and how you came up with the idea.
For my Creative Project, I redesigned the covers of some of my favorite books and made them animated and interactive so the covers would be much more personal than normal, static book covers would be.
I thought of the idea while playing with a small animation within an otherwise static game screen. The animation provided a great deal of insight into the world of the game, and I thought it would be really interesting if book covers could have something similar. I disliked how book covers simply present a one-sided view of books, and thought that an interactive cover with motion would give the potential reader a better idea of what to expect.
What was the most rewarding aspect of your Connecting Experience?
Animating the covers was probably the most rewarding part of the experience for me. I was not entirely sure if I would be able to make the animations look exactly the way I pictured them in my head, but once I started working, it all came together in ways that I did not expect. I wanted to put in more details that really brought the covers to life, like overlapping movements, that I had not included in my original plans.
In what ways has this Connecting Experience shaped your plans for the future?
My Connecting Experience has inspired me to branch out more. I want to try to develop similar digital solutions for my interests outside of digital art and media in the future. I think that digital art and media open the doors to many opportunities in other areas of study.
In my future work as a designer and art director, I also want to consider how animations or other out-of-the-box solutions could be more interesting or appropriate than traditional work.