Anthology proves the power of graphics and literature students' collaboration

London art college The Cass has a brilliantly interdisciplinary approach to creativity, with students across its courses and at various levels of study often collaborating on projects that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

One of the latest results of this is Anthology, a collaboration between staff and students from the English Literature and Creative Writing department, and the illustrators and graphic designers of the Visual Communication department.

Emily Evans, a teacher at The Cass, explains that "the concept and design of the book were devised by students in the 2016/17 Visual Communication studio, Impression. They worked in teams to research, develop and pitch several designs and formats for the book, with successful ideas being developed to create the final design. The students each designed and printed an individual visual response to a particular piece of writing in the book, some of which can be seen on the chapter openers in the book."

We love the pared back black and red colour palette, and the careful use of pattern and illustration to offset various sections in the book. The cover’s leaf design is minimal yet powerful, and subtly beckons us to find out what’s inside.

All the works were exhibited at The Cass’ Bank Gallery last month, and the book is being published by Cass Press, a venture set up by Grafik co-editor Angharad Lewis.


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