The Works of Edgar Allan Poe by Joel Nieman

Design By:

My name is Joel Myles Nieman. I am currently a graphic design student at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. I plan on graduating in the Spring of 2017. In my free time I like to look at Behance and design things. When I am not designing I enjoy watching/playing any type of sports and being with friends. I have lived in Cincinnati my whole life, and love it here. However, I will go wherever graphic design takes me, not only will it be a great experience to travel to other parts of this country, but it will broaden my horizons on different types of design across the nation. My goal is to co-op and start my career with a company in Utah specializes in environmental graphic design.

 

Design By:

My name is Joel Myles Nieman. I am currently a graphic design student at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. I plan on graduating in the Spring of 2017. In my free time I like to look at Behance and design things. When I am not designing I enjoy watching/playing any type of sports and being with friends. I have lived in Cincinnati my whole life, and love it here. However, I will go wherever graphic design takes me, not only will it be a great experience to travel to other parts of this country, but it will broaden my horizons on different types of design across the nation. My goal is to co-op and start my career with a company in Utah specializes in environmental graphic design.

 

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.

Proceeds Support:
Proceeds support DreamCorps, a social justice accelerator founded by Van Jones that advances economic, environmental, and criminal justice solutions. Recovering the Classics is a collection of new covers for 100 of the greatest works of fiction in the public domain. Together we can help to keep these classics fresh, modern, and accessible to new generations of readers. As part of an initiative announced by the White House, we are partnering with the New York Public Library and the Digital Public Library of America to bring these amazing covers to libraries and schools nationwide.

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Artist Statement

I designed a book cover that represents Poe as a human and an author. I wanted to create a cover that was as abstract as the workings of Poe's brain. In following that theme came the dynamic angle that Poe himself is on as well as an excerpt from The Fall of the House of Usher that lies beneath the skull that underlays the portrait of Poe. The font used for the excerpt is American Typewriter. The skull that has a transparency to represents the deaths that plagued Poe's life and the sinister stories/poems he wrote. Erupting from Poe's shoulder is a raven, from his poem The Raven and the raven is spewing blood from its mouth. This was a symptom of Tuberculosis, from which all of his dearest relationships had passed away from. There a 5 red blood splats in this book cover, three coming from Poe's hair, one on his chest, the spew from the raven...symbolizing the five deaths in his family from Tuberculosis. The negative space in his shirt creates an outline of the Washington Monument in Baltimore, Poe's final resting place. The tower began construction when Poe was at the age of 6. The title of the book is done in the font Absinthe, a type face that carries the theme of abstraction and mystery and also has the feel of calligraphy. Calligraphy and feather and ink were common means of writing during Poe's short life. This image cover was created in raster and vector (Photoshop/Illustrator). The portrait and raven and all editing and brush strokes were done in Photoshop, and the text was done in Illustrator and then copied over to Photoshop as a Vector Smart Object. The face of Poe is created out of shadows and midtones. — Joel Nieman