Frankly in Love

Penguin Random House

* The Academy of British Cover Design YA Winner *

* Winner of the Communication Arts Typography Annual Award 2020 *

Owen was approached by Penguin Random House to design the cover for David Yoon’s debut novel Frankly in Love, a contemporary realistic fiction covering themes of race, romance and cultural identity. The brief asked him to reflect these themes through the use of typography in his signature bright and bold style whilst remaining conscious of the more subversive themes of the novel.

Owen went on to develop a design consisting of layers of paper cut typography which are carefully built up with small pieces of foam board to create depth and shadows, referencing the layers of complexity built around the main character Frank’s relationship, culture and personality and completed with a lemon yellow top layer

The final cover is bright and eye-catching with hidden depths, reflecting the vibrancy and originality of Frank’s story as well as the youthful world Yoon creates. It's finished with a beautiful embossing and spot-varnish, highlighting the layers in the typography and contrasting beautifully with the texture of the yellow paper which has been printed on a nice uncoated stock. The pages of the book are edged in ultramarine blue and the end pages are beautifully illustrated by David Yoon himself!

Since the book's release there has been a real buzz resulting in Owen being contacted by various international publishing houses to create alternate language variations of the cover including Russian and Brazilian. David Yoon himself reached out to conduct an interview discussing the process of creating the cover which you can read here and the cover has been featured by Spine Magazine in an article that takes an in depth look into the thoughts and processes behind the creation of the cover.

Most recently 'Frankly in Love' was selected as the Communication Arts Typography Annual winner, a great addition to this success story!

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