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Cover to cover: Chris Tompkins on designing Mark Anthony Jarman’s Knife Party at the Hotel Europa


FINAL. I liked the bloodstain, but I really wanted to convey the idea of travel while also including the image of a knife in the design. Combining all of these factors was a challenge, but eventually the pieces fell into place. In the final design, the knife stabs into the background, creating the Italy-shaped bloodstain, while a plane touches down in Italy and onto the iconic image of a Vespa scooter. Rendering each piece of the graphic as a monochromatic silhouette brought a unity to the overall composition.