PROJECT BRIEF To design a cover for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest for the Penguin Adult Award. ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ is well known both in celluloid and print, so it is essential to come at it from a fresh angle. Try to design a new cover for a new generation of readers, avoiding the obvious clichés and steering clear of the film promotional graphics. Originality is key. Audience: all readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the text, male and female.
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Through this cover I was trying to show the submissive nature of the wards and how they thought they were actually crazy(the brain with the orange bird on top is symbolic of the wards). The black bird flying is symbolic of McMurphy’s rebellios nature.
Here I’m trying to show all thewards who submissively live inthe way they are told to live.Through this I’m also trying toportray the fact that they allfeel they are mentally ill andtherefore deserve or are meantto be in the institution.
This covers shows how allthe wards are in theinstitutuion and live inaccordance to the Nurse’srules but McMurphy does notlive by her rules hence thereis one brain on the cover witha bird missing symbolic ofMcMurphy and his refusal toconform.
This is my final concept.The black bird flying issymbolic of McMurphy’srebellious nature andgeneral fight for someamounts of freedom asopposed to the wardswho do whatever theyare told to do. The threefigures are symbolic ofthe wards and theirsubmissiveness andbelief that they aregenuinely crazy.