The Bell Jar is poetic, feminine, and intimate. In an effort to convey those feelings, I mixed floral illustration with a lofty script font. I illustrated weeds growing and overwhelming a single, isolated flower to represent the main character’s sense of suffocating in a world of expectations—and in the confines of her own mind. The weeds break the delicate frame created by a thin red line just as Esther breaks society’s expectations for her. Blood is a reoccurring symbol throughout the book, so I used red as an accent to represent it. I also chose a smaller size (4.25” x 6”) for the book to replicate the small paperbacks of the 1960s and enhance the diary-like feel of its narrative.
This book design was created as a personal project.