My best friend Kate recently finished her 100+ page thesis on William Faulkner’s work. She’s been working on this masterpiece all year, so we thought it deserved some accompanying illustrations and a decent font. We collaborated on the ideas behind the design and illustrations, trying to come up with something that was true to her thesis.
Her thesis focuses on unstable time in narrative, so we decided to center the illustrations around a melting pocket watch. It’s a little bit vector-Dali.
Instead of a single title page I created three pages so that I could show a progression. The watch starts with just a little drip and the title of the thesis.
Each chapter focused on a different Faulkner book or short story, so I created a little illustrated icon for each one. First up was “A Rose For Emily,” featuring a half orderly/half chaotic rose.