All Through the Night is a collection of moving and evocative night poems for all stages of life. Lullabies and other poems relating to children and parenting form the opening section, while later poems celebrate or give voice to our various night-time pleasures and preoccupations. The book is edited by Marie Heaney and published by Poetry Ireland.
This was a really special project for me as I was assigned a dual role of designer and illustrator. The brief for the cover imagery was to create a night-time, urban setting. My proposed concept involved making the full moon the focal point of the illustration, building the urban environment around it's strong, bright presence.
My aim was to create an interesting visual effect using the large, circular moon shape. The concept sketches below show how the elements of the illustration change outside the moon's circumference.
As designer I also had to consider the typography and where it should be placed on the cover. The typeface I selected was a swash version of Caslon. Caslon is a very old typeface and the juxtaposition of this old swash style and a modern urban setting seemed to create a unique effect. It also represented the mix of classic poems and modern current day poetry included in the book.