The Professor was the first novel by Charlotte Brontë, written before Jane Eyre. During her lifetime it was rejected by many publishing houses, finally seeing print in 1857, two years after her death. The Professor is narrated from the point of view of William Crimsworth, a young man, who worked as a teacher at an all-girls boarding school in Brussels. The book followed his love life and the ups and downs of his career.
The brief: The Professor
I was briefed by Hesperus press to design a cover that would show that main character is a teacher in a school. The client wanted to make sure that the image used would be relevant to the era that the book is set in, so it had to avoid any historical details. This also meant that I had to avoid any photographs that featured a person.
The design: The Professor
Initially, I provided the client with several different approaches for design. These options were based around school, learning and classrooms, and included images of old journals, chalk boards, reading glasses, a pocket watch and a school bell.
The image of the apple on top of the school books, while being a bit of a cliché, was my favourite option. I liked the colours. The client agreed.