Oxford University Press required two different covers for its newest publication of Robert Louie Stevenson’s classic gothic horror novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. One design is typography-based, the other uses photography.
Both deal with the theme of identity distortion, and the criminal status of the
main character. The typeface Clarendon is used to reference the time period in which the story takes place, and also hints at the ‘Wanted’ posters of the American Old West. The stencil art displays two versions of the same typeface, one for each side of the character. It also allows us to relate his crime spree to something we are more frequently exposed to: the humble graffiti vandalisation seen around the urban landscape. The photographic solution presents the character’s changing identity as authorities might encounter it through the fingerprinting process.