Haruki Murakami’s books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally. His writing is vivid, dazzling, experimental and imaginative and your cover design should reflect this. The story is well known both in celluloid and print so it is essential to come at it from a fresh angle. It should appeal to a contemporary, enquiring and literary readership.
Try to design a new cover for a new generation of readers, avoiding the obvious clichés. Originality is key. Tasked with redesign of a famous book for a competition ran by penguin book covers.
The cover took inspiration from using optical and visual illusions to create a tree trunk. Using dark colours to allow the cove to really stand out.