This was a challenging project for me. As soon as I got to the end of the course I knew I wanted to do This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada. There are unique characteristics to play around with and I was excited to get started.
Let me start by giving you a bit of back story on This Mortal Coil. Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world, humans have learned how to hack our genetic code. The human body is like a massive computer system with varying systems, in the world of Mortal Coil, gene-hackers have the ability to control these various systems. Do you want to grow pink hair? done. You want a tail. cat ears. scales for skin. All of these things are easily programmed. There is even the ability to expedite healing and program cures.
My first idea was to use a DNA strand with 1s and 0s to represent computer language. In the book, there is a virus that causes people to explode. The major plot arc is figuring out how to program a cure to the virus. I added the dots to represent this explosion. The red part of the DNA strand has computer chip patterning and is in the shape of an S.
For my second idea and ultimately the design I chose to move forward with I went a bit more complex in my design. In This Mortal Coil, most are able to accept codes wirelessly. However, the main character has old gentec that requires her to hardwire into a genkit (portable computer) to receive the code. These characteristics are what I have used to model my letter S.
I have designed a keyboard to represent the genkit. The spine of the S is made up of a DNA strand and computer chipping. The DNA strand doesn't contain the realistic ATGC and is instead made up of 1s and 0s to represent computer language. The tail of the S represents the snake-like tentacles that connect the genkit to the main characters arm panel.
I had the idea that the book cover would be 'stamped' with the design so I kept the colors simple. Red represents the main color and was brought into my design from the official book cover jacket for This Mortal Coil. I think the patterning of the computer chips is a bit too dense to come out crisp in a stamp. I don't think Drop Cap letter designing is going to be my strong point as a designer but I had a lot of fun in designing it. Let me know your thoughts.
On a side note: This Mortal Coil is a YA trilogy (2 books released so far) that my husband, 2 daughters and I have read and all of us are anticipating the release of the final book later this year. If you enjoy science-fiction I highly suggest it.