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Maira Fragoso




Momo, or the strange story of the time-thieves and the child who brought the stolen time back to the people.

First Entry:

Ever since I was a little girl I've thought that one of the most amazing stories I've ever read is the novel "Momo" by Michael Ende.

Not only I loved the story when I was a kid and read the book over and over again, but now that I look back on it I can understand a lot of things that I couldn't back then, or I can catch messages I didn't when I was little because maybe I wasn't as aware to "adulthood" as I –think– I am now. 
I think that the story is full of wonderful places, scenarios, characters and amazing mysteries that can be used to design a whole new cover. There are a lot of concepts that can be reduced to its minimum form, or that can be as literal or abstract as I want them to.

I remember hating the cover of the book I owned because: first, it had a picture of a girl that instantly vanished any opportunity for me to imagine and create Momo as I wanted to (it's the equivalent of watching the movie before reading the book); second, the picture wasn't even like Momo because in the first pages of the book Michael Ende describes her with really black hair and the picture was of a redheaded girl; and third, it had a really awful (from my point of view) illustration.

So recalling all these aspects made me think that maybe I could design the cover I always wanted for my favorite childhood book. I also happen to love children's books and I think that a great children's book has to be great for adults too, so this applies completely to "Momo".

Here are some examples of what I found, I can realize with this research that almost every example uses an illustration, so maybe I want to get away from that.

Second Entry:

So I re-read the book because I hadn't read it since I was a kid. And took notes of important things. I'm about to finish reading it (today) but meanwhile I want to put the notes I've been taking here.

I also studied all the existing covers and made a list of all the recurrent icons / objects / concepts in order to try to get away from that in my design.

So in the next few days I'll start posting the first sketches. I deffinitely want to approach to something clean and typographic. We'll see...


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