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RICOCHET RIVER

Developing the new cover for Ooligan’s 25th anniversary edition of Robin Cody’s Ricochet River was an enjoyable process, even through many evolutions of trees, boats, and salmon. The inspiration for this design began with a personal challenge to design a cover for a book about a river without using too much blue. The result was hand-drawn water lines against a light background that coincidentally echoed ruled notebook paper, fitting for a book used widely in Oregon high schools. The process for refinement included working with hand-drawn illustrations, digitizing for perfection (but not too perfect), and pairing with a muted color palette plus a pop of color (salmon) to hit the market for the book’s target audience of young teens. Finally, author feedback helped to shape the look and placement of salmon to represent their literary and natural journey, while a focus on visual rhythm and the use of pattern gave a contemporary update to this new and improved edition commemorating the book’s 25 years of print.

THE OCEAN IN MY EARS

THE OCEAN IN MY EARS

SEVEN STITCHES

SEVEN STITCHES

SIBLINGS AND OTHER DISAPPOINTMENTS

SIBLINGS AND OTHER DISAPPOINTMENTS

FIRE FOR CLAY

FIRE FOR CLAY