This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil - student project

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.


This Mortal Coil - image 1 - student project


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.


This Mortal Coil - image 2 - student project






















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.


This Mortal Coil - image 3 - student project


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.

Sarah Rostar

Forever Learning