During the last week of my gig at Duke Law I was asked by my kind friends at the Center of the Study of the Public Domain to create a book cover for a collection of essays. Taking only a couple of hours I’m somewhat hesitant to even list the work here, especially considering that the illustrations (most of the front cover) are the work of artist Keith Aoki and the back cover tag cloud was the brainchild of Jamie Boyle. Still I am quite pleased with the end result, particularly as it relates to the color palate.
The Cultural Environmentalism and Beyond cover gave me my first opportunity to play with Kuler, the new Adobe color matching program. In creating the palate I began with the pink color represented in the ‘r’ of the flickr logo. In a matter of seconds Kuler produced an exciting array of colors that complimented the base color. Add a bold sans-serif font atop a few well balanced white boxes and you’ve a cover that incorporates the hip edginess of technology and the web ( at least within legal circles) with the professionalism and intellectual creativity of an organization such as the Center for the Study of the Public Domain.