Moby Dick Book Covers

Book Design

Fall 2019

Two variations of book covers for Moby Dick, a novel written by Herman Melville in 1851. The story features a man named Ishmael who describes the captain of the Pequod, Ahab's obsession with finding the giant sperm whale that bit off his leg at the knee. Both concept features a Victorian style etching of a wooden prosthetic leg that have different takes on how to view the story.


In doing research, I found that a lot of designers will gravitate towards imagery of a harpoon or a whale. In an attempt to break free of this, I took a different approach to the style of the covers.