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Book design: "Fairy tales by H.C. Andersen, an illustrated collection of stories"

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book design, fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen

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"Fairy Tales by H.C. Andersen, A Collection of Stories” features work pulled from Andersen's 156 fairytales existing across nine volumes. Andersen's tales explore the hardship of life and champion resilience in the face of adversity, making his stories suitable for people of all ages. The design of this book pulls from the classic Fairy Tale genre, using ornamentation, frames, and highly stylized and whimsical typefaces. The dark blue cover with a subtle antique pattern creates a lovely backdrop for the typography and ornamentation. The inside of the cover features a dark and misty forest, lending to an air of mystery. Each typeface chosen interacts and compliments the theme and brings variety to each page. Illustrations accompany the introduction of each story, highlighting an essential part of the tale. The Illustrations are stylized and straightforward with a light antique line art feel. This illustrated collection consists of seven stories: the Littler Mermaid, Little Tiny Thumbelina, the Dumb Book, The Fir Tree, the Little Match Seller, The Brave Tin Soldier, and The Elf of the Rose. This Rendition of Andersen's tales celebrates the whimsy of the genre and the haunting tales that have become embedded in western culture. Bachelor of Design, DESN 317.

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Presented on April 21, 2022 at Student Research Day at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Student Creative Work




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